AceShowbiz - Josh Duggar and his legal team are demanding a new trial. The disgraced reality star has insisted that there's "no evidence" he "personally viewed" the explicit contents as he requested for acquittal.
On Thursday, January 20, The Sun reported that the former star of "19 Kids and Counting" and his lawyers filed a motion for an acquittal of his guilty verdict, asking to dismiss the possession charge, which is the lesser offense. In the new court documents obtained by the outlet, it's said that the prosecutors "failed to adduce any evidence that Duggar 'knew that the visual depictions were of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct' -- a necessary element for conviction of each count."
"The evidence at trial established that certain files allegedly found on the HP desktop computer were never viewed by any user of the computer and that all the files at issue had been deleted shortly after being downloaded," his lawyers further stated. The attorneys went on to note that "the jury had no evidence that Duggar personally viewed any specific portion of any of the files allegedly found on the computer."
Additionally, Josh's legal team claimed they were unable to call ex-worker Caleb Williams, who they believe had access to the car lot and desktop computer, on which the content was downloaded, at "relevant time periods." The "Counting On" alum's attorneys also said that the law enforcement "failed to meaningfully investigate the possibility that anyone other than Duggar may have committed the crimes charged."
His team insisted that Caleb used the computer in the weeks leading up to when the child sex abuse content was downloaded and that prosecutors "disregarded" this alleged evidence. The lawyers also believed James Fottrell, one of the expert witnesses, was "unqualified" to testify. On the reason why, they stressed that James has "no knowledge about how geolocation, EXIF data, or GPS coordinates work."
Back in December after Josh was found guilty of possessing and receiving child pornography, his team said in a press conference that they planned to "appeal." They stated at the time, "We respect the jury's verdict and we look forward to continuing this on appeal. We plan to appeal at the appropriate time."