U.S. attorneys file response to request by Josh Duggar to delay child porn trial

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(WJW) — United States attorneys are “in partial agreement” with a request by former “19 Kids and Counting” star Josh Duggar to push back his trial date, Fox News reports.

Duggar is charged in a two-count indictment, alleging one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. He was booked into the Washington County Jail on April 29 and released on May 5.

Our sister station, KNWA/KFTA, reported that according to a motion filed earlier this month, Duggar’s defense retained an independent computer forensic expert who must conduct a computer forensic examination of each of the devices at issue – a time-consuming process that requires review at a government facility for the one device the prosecution alleges contained child pornography.

The defense’s computer forensic expert anticipates her review and subsequent analysis of the relevant evidence may take several months.

Duggar’s lead counsel, Justin Gelfand, has federal criminal trials scheduled to begin in July 2021, September 2021, September 2021, October 2021 and November 2021 — all of which were scheduled in rapid succession due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Fox News, U.S attorneys filed a response Monday, saying they are not opposed to moving the trial about three months back. However, they do not want to move the trial to 2022.

A judge must now approve any changes to the trial timeline.

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