Josh Duggar’s legal team keeps his appeal oath after the former reality TV star was found guilty of child pornography charges
Just weeks ago, Josh Duggar was sentenced to 151 months in prison after being found guilty of child pornography. Following the guilty verdict, his legal team had already announced its intention to appeal. This month, they fulfilled that vow with a document that went through Federal Court for the Western District of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
According to reports, Josh Duggar’s legal team has filed a formal notice of intent regarding the appeals process, stating that the former 19 children and counting star plans to appeal one of two counts he was originally charged with via the United States Court of Appeals in the 8th Circuit. The document itself mentions “Count Two [of possessing child pornography] was fired, which happened before sentencing. In fact, Duggar was ultimately only convicted on the more serious of the two child pornography charges for which he was convicted in court late last year.
According to KNWA Fox 24, a local news outlet covering the case, the appeal motion also says the legal team will pursue all possible appeal angles. Duggar’s legal team, including Justin K. Gelfand, Ian. T. Murphy and Travis W. Story filed the document on his behalf and will pursue legal action in the future. The document said:
Why is Josh Duggar’s intention to appeal notable?
First and foremost, Duggar’s legal team even directly explained why filing the appeal in June 2022 was so important. They call the notice of appeal “fast” given that they had up to fourteen days after sentencing to file a request and they got the document filed within that time. The document was filed the first week of June, the third day of the month.
Not only is the time-sensitivity of the start of the appeals process notable, but it’s also worth pointing out that Duggar’s legal team has said from the start – or at least from the first moment the sentence was handed down – that the legal team looked forward to continuing to fight for their high profile client. Justin Gelfand said Duggar didn’t get the full 240-month sentence the prosecution had requested and pledged to “continue the fight” as part of the appeal process. (The defense and prosecution had very different ideas about what Duggar’s sentencing should look like.) He noted in a statement (via USA Today) (opens in a new tab):
As it turns out, the former TV personality has been in jail since the guilty verdict was reached in his child pornography trial, meaning Duggar even spent Christmas 2021 behind bars. He is expected to be moved to a Texarkana or Seagoville jail in the near future and may begin a rehab program (depending on which jail Duggar lands in) while he works through the appeals process in court.
If the sentence stands, once released from prison he will be on probation for a period of 20 years and will also have to follow a strict set of rules. This includes Duggar only being able to see his children in the presence of authorized people.