Josh Duggar is hoping for a legal miracle.
On June 3, the disgraced reality star’s attorneys formally filed papers to appeal their client’s conviction for possession of child pornography.
The filing says Duggar is “appealing to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit from the judgment of this Court in a criminal case.”
He goes on to say that “Duggar respectfully advises of his intention to evaluate and pursue all meritorious arguments in his appeal.”
The father-of-seven was found guilty on December 9 of illegally uploading graphic material of a sexual nature – photos and videos of children under the age of 12, many of which involved sexual assault.
He was sentenced May 25 to 151 months in federal prison.
Even after his eventual release, Duggar will be banned from using the Internet outside of work; prohibited from viewing pornography of any kind; and also prohibited from spending unsupervised time with minors.
Including his own children.
The day before his sentencing, Duggar lost in court when he asked a judge to order a new trial…or overturn the jury’s decision and acquit him of all charges.
At the time, Duggar’s attorneys argued that the government had failed to release its evidence against Duggar in a timely manner and that there was a lack of evidence that Duggar had actually viewed the pornography found on his work computer.
However, the judge denied these requests.
He said the evidence to which Duggar’s defense lawyers referred was “not material” to the defense and that “a great deal of evidence” overall had been given at the December trial to prove Duggar’s guilt. Duggar.
As we type, Duggar is being held in the Washington County Jail pending transfer to a federal detention center.
Neither he, his wife, nor his parents commented on the sentencing last month, although Michelle Duggar and Anna Duggar wrote letters ahead of Duggar’s sentencing, urging the judge to limit his prison sentence to just five year.
In the end, Josh was sentenced to more than double.
Even with good behavior, he has to serve 85% of that sentence…which equates to more than a decade behind bars.
“In my opinion, Judge Timothy L. Brooks was fair in his ruling giving Josh a sentence that would be considered below median for the crimes he committed,” Jason Duggar wrote in a lengthy statement shared on her Instagram Story today post her brother. has been condemned.
Following Duggar’s response to the decision:
“My heart is saddened by the choices my brother has made, his actions do not reflect those of a Christian believer and have undoubtedly defamed the name of my Lord and Saviour!!
“Joshua’s bad decisions have greatly affected those around him, especially his wife, seven children and our family as a whole. »
Overall, however, Jason said he couldn’t completely turn his back on a parent.
“That said, I will never stop loving my brother no matter what he does, just like my savior forgave me, I forgave my brother his wrongdoings!” he concluded.
“My prayer is that God will use this circumstance to truly humble him and bring about real change in his life! »