Josh Duggar hopes for a legal miracle.
On June 3, lawyers for the disgraced reality star filed official paperwork to appeal their client’s conviction on a charge of possession of child pornography.
The filing states that Duggar “heres to appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit against this Court’s ruling in a criminal case.”
It goes on to say that “Duggar gives respectful notice of his intention to evaluate and pursue all meritorious arguments in his profession.”
The father of seven was found guilty on December 9 of illegally downloading sexual graphic material – photos and videos of children under the age of 12, many of which involved sexual assault.
He was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison on May 25.
Even after his eventual release, Duggar will not be allowed to use the internet outside of work; banned from ever viewing pornography of any kind; and also forbidden to spend time with minors unsupervised.
Including his own children.
The day before he was sentenced, Duggar was dismissed in court when he asked a judge to order a new trial… or to reverse the jury’s decision and acquit him of all charges.
At the time, Duggar’s lawyers had argued that the government had not released its evidence against Duggar in a timely manner and that there was a lack of evidence that Duggar had actually viewed the pornography on his workplace computer.
However, the judge dismissed those claims.
He said the evidence referred to by Duggar’s lawyers was “immaterial” to the defense and that “sufficient evidence” was generally provided during the December trial to prove Duggar’s guilt.
As we type, Duggar is being held in a Washington County Jail while he awaits transfer to a federal detention center.
Neither he, his wife, nor his parents have spoken out about last month’s conviction, although both Michelle Duggar and Anna Duggar wrote letters prior to Duggar’s sentencing, urging the judge to serve his time in prison. limited to just five years.
In the end, Josh was sentenced to more than double.
Even with good behavior, he must serve 85 percent of this sentence… which amounts to more than a decade behind bars.
“In my opinion, Judge Timothy L. Brooks was fair in his ruling and gave Josh a sentence that would be less than the median for the crimes he committed,” Jason Duggar wrote in a lengthy statement posted on his Instagram story today. shared after his brother was convicted.
Continued this Duggar’s response to the statement:
“My heart is grieved at the choices my brother has made, his actions do not reflect those of a Christian believer and have doubtless slandered the name of my Lord and Saviours!!
“Joshua’s bad decisions have had a profound effect on those around him, especially his wife, seven children and our family as a whole.”
In general, though, Jason said he can’t completely turn his back on a relative.
“That said, I will never stop loving my brother no matter what he does, just as my savior has forgiven me, so I have forgiven my brother for his misdeeds!” he concluded.
“My prayer is that God will use this circumstance to really humiliate him and make a real change in his life!”