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JOSH Duggar’s child pornography trial continued this week, with closing arguments made on Wednesday morning in Arkansas and a verdict expected from the jury soon.
Josh’s estranged sister Jill Dillard and brother Jedidiah didn’t end up taking the stand in his bombshell child sexual abuse material (CSAM) court case, despite being on the observe list.
Jill and Jedidiah were expected to testify in the case, however, it was not clear if it would be for the prosecution or the defense.
Former 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar was charged earlier this year with two counts of downloading and possessing child pornography.
Josh, who has pleaded not guilty, was accused of possessing sick images of CSAM that were “the worst of the worst” that authorities had ever seen.
Josh’s trial is expected to last into this week. If found guilty, he faces up to 20 years in prison.
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Defense closing continues
Gelfand continued, saying there was no reason for someone with access to the HP to stream videos instead of double-clicking on them.
He said the Linux logs were written over because Homeland Security Investigations waited six months.
Gelfand then claimed that Fottrell lied, noting the software he asked about and whether it was plugged into the internet didn’t exist in 2019.
He additional that the government played disturbing images and videos that didn’t come off the device but from a thumb excursion from Washington, DC, from other situations.
Gelfand then brought up that the government tried to pass off Tor as a bad thing, but it had been on the Macbook since 2017 and nothing bad was done with it.
The sixth reason
Finally, Gelfand had a sixth reason for the jurors.
Over a five-year period, he noted, on Josh Duggar’s iPhone and Macbook, there was no forensic trace of child sexual abuse material being downloaded or viewed.
He noted that Fottrell said it could have been wiped clean, but there was no forensic evidence of that.
Deletion of the material
Defense attorney Gelfand’s fifth reason was the immediate deletion of one of the files.
He noted that the 33-minute video of child sexual abuse in question was sent to the trash 29 seconds in and deleted.
Gelfand said not all of the files were in the trash or computer and that Michele Bush claimed they were moved by far away access. “The forensic trail clearly answers that,” Gelfand told jurors.
Size and timing
Gelfand continued with a third reason. He said the small size of the partition suggested whoever set it up knew it was not big enough to keep videos and images.
He claimed that activity was inconsistent with Duggar and made no sense.
Gelfand then noted the short time period of the alleged crimes. He said everything happened over three days in May 2019.
The first reason Gelfand noted was the universal plug and play, saying Fottrell testified it would make a network more unprotected. He noted that the HP computer had plug and play enabled and that its network by the connected router was unprotected.
Gelfand additional as a second reason that the HP flows by a router. He said every video file was streamed and that, while confusing, the data was basic.
“The real evidence is on the router,” Gelfand said.
He noted that too much was at stake for Josh Duggar and that the router would tell them what devices were connected.
“Why don’t we have the router?” he asked, claiming that the government did nothing to consider far away access.
Gelfand said both experts agreed to the possibility of far away access and that the prosecution didn’t mention the forensic data in their closing argument.
‘House of cards’
Gelfand continued, saying the prosecution’s case depends on Duggar being behind the computer. “If not, their case crumbles like a house of cards,” he additional.
Gelfand noted that Michele Bush and James Fottrell agreed that far away access was a possibility, adding that Bush was not able to rule out far away access.
He then went over six reasons why far away access was a possibility.
Defense closing argument
Before the jury went into deliberation, the defense team presented its closing arguments.
Justin Gelfand noted that the defendant has no burden of proving anything and that the prosecution had to dispel reasonable doubt – that every doubt had to disappear unanimously.
He noted that each juror had the strength to say no if they had a single reasonable doubt in their minds. “You have the courage to say no,” he said.
He made a comparison between computer forensics and DNA and said they followed the evidence “together.”
Jury in deliberation
A local reporter, Anna Darling with KNWA/Fox24 reported on Twitter that closing arguments have ended and the jury is in deliberation.
Updates from the Sun reporter will be additional soon.
Back in court today for #JoshDuggar’s trial and the jury is currently in deliberation as of about 12:15.
Prosecution and defense each spent at the minimum an hour on closing arguments.
— Anna Darling (@AnnaDarlingTV) December 8, 2021
At that point, the trial took a short break.
Following the break, which has ended, the defense was set to make its closing argument.
Updates from the trial are expected soon.
What does the evidence show?
Marshall noted that the defense would claim no one knows “who did this.”
But she asked the jury whether the evidence showed it was a far away access or hacking case, or whether it showed Joshua Duggar was behind the computer possessing, receiving, and viewing child pornography.
“Details matter,” she noted, adding that the pictures, texts, and locations all matter.
She told the jury the facts, evidence, and shared sense all showed Duggar was the person responsible for receiving and possessing CSAM.
Marshall asked the jury to keep up Duggar accountable and find him guilty of “receiving and possessing explicit photos of children.”
June 22, 2019
Marshall noted that the next time there was activity behind the partition, on June 22, 2019, there was a document with Josh Duggar’s name on it, adding that someone also texted on his phone from the car lot on that day.
She asked the jury who was at the car lot every time the partition was accessed and CSAM downloaded, and named Duggar.
Marshall told the jury the evidence showed it was beyond reasonable doubt.
She claimed Duggar viewed the files, possessed them, and knew he had them.
May 15 and May 16 evidence
The jury was also walked by evidence from May 15 of videos on the computer and when texts were sent from Josh Duggar’s phone.
Marshall also showed them an image from one child sexual abuse material file in question.
She asked the jury who was there on May 15 before, during, and after that evidence was taking place, and named Joshua Duggar.
She noted a CSAM file downloaded to the partition on May 16 in addition.
May 14 photo
Marshall then spoke of the photo from May 14, 2019, that seemed to show someone’s reflection in the computer screen.
At 4.14pm, a photo was taken at the car lot. At 4.49, Duggar texted saying he got stuck there. Within minutes, a webcam collection was downloaded to the Tor browser and a few minutes after that, it was viewed.
At 5.28pm, a movie torrent file was downloaded on Linux. Then a second movie file was downloaded.
Minutes after that, Duggar texted someone saying he had a Versa at the car lot.
Marshall also showed the photo of Josh and Anna Duggar at Lowes with Josh allegedly wearing the same hat from the computer reflection photo.
Reminders for the jury
The prosecutor then reminded the jury of Fottrell’s testimony and how he walked them by evidence.
Evidence included Linux being downloaded to the HP computer on May 11, 2019, with a password of JoshuaJJD, and a picture taken with Duggar’s phone at the car lot.
They also went over the Dell_One username setup and Intel1988 password, which the prosecution reminded the jury was a password Duggar had been using for years.
She claimed whoever set up the partition had to be there to do it.
The jury was also reminded that Hidden Wiki was bookmarked in the Tor browser, suggesting that someone made it to go back to it later.
‘I’m not denying guilt’
A clip from the recording of the interview between Josh Duggar and the authorities at the car lot was played for the jury.
“I’m not denying guilt,” he said on the recording. “I don’t want to say I’m guilty or not.”
The prosecution noted that Randall Berry’s phone was clear and he didn’t start working at the car lot until after the dates in question.
Marshall also noted that Caleb Williams wasn’t in the same state, and that William Mize’s phone was also clear.
Prosecution’s closing argument
Next, the jury was reminded, Agent Faulkner handled the case and figured out the address the IP address was associated with.
After going to the address and realizing something wasn’t right, they realized it was the lot next door, and that IP subscriber was allegedly Josh Duggar.
On November 8, the search warrant on the car lot was executed. The prosecutor reminded the jury that Duggar said, “What is this about? Has someone downloaded child pornography?” during that visit.
Who was the first person to bring up child pornography, the prosecutor asked, before reminding the jury it was Duggar.
Carly Marshall continues
Marshall noted that the jury had heard testimony from Amber Kalmer about May 14, 2019, and the log the jury was shown.
She noted that Kalmer detailed a video of two minors with one engaging in child sexual abuse.
Marshall showed stills of the video and went on to observe Kalmer made a connection the next day with the same IP address and obtained 65 images from a known child sexual abuse material video, before showing images to the jury.
On Wednesday morning, closing arguments in the Josh Duggar trial began.
First, the estimate read off jury rules, before the prosecution’s Carly Marshall began her argument.
“Is this really a who done it?” she asked. She noted that all the evidence pointed to Josh Duggar receiving, viewing, possessing, and deleting child sexual abuse material.
She noted to the jury that it was a case of facts, evidence, and shared sense.
Air of sadness
As prosecutor Carly Marshall gave her closing argument, the Sun reporter noted that the mood in the courtroom felt “very sad” in regards to the Duggar family.
Jill (Duggar) Dillard looked emotional and her husband, Derick Dillard, had his arm around her.
Joy-Anna (Duggar) Forsyth also looked sad and her husband, Austin Forsyth, was “staring into space,” the reporter revealed.
Hilary Spivey (Justin Duggar’s mother-in-law) and Jessa (Duggar) Seewald sat next to Anna Duggar, the reporter noted.
Joy-Anna (Duggar) Forsyth and her husband, Austin Forsyth, sat further back.
When Anna and Josh Duggar walked in, they gave each other a hug, according to the Sun reporter.
Anna saw Jill (Duggar) Dillard and gave her a hug in addition.
Josh, the reporter noted, went back to the gallery to give Jill a hug and to shake her husband Derrick Dillard’s hand.
Justin Duggar was also seen hugging Jill, and the family members seemed “happy” to see her, with the reporter noting that everyone was complimenting her new hair.
According to the Sun reporter, Jill and Derick Dillard walked into the courtroom in the morning and sat in the first row next to Jessa (Duggar) Seewald and Jim Bob Duggar.
Jill talked to Jessa and Jim Bob, and the reporter noted it seemed serious.
Derick was seen looking straight ahead and the reporter didn’t notice him speaking to anyone.
Justin and Claire Duggar arrive
Justin Duggar and his wife, Claire (Spivey) Duggar were also seen at the courthouse on Wednesday.
Spivey’s parents attended with the associate.
The Sun reporter noted they appeared to be the first of the family members to arrive.
Credit: Toby Canham for the US Sun
Arriving at court
Josh Duggar was seen arriving at the courthouse on Wednesday with his wife, Anna (Keller) Duggar and legal team.
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Josh and Anna Duggar, together
Anna Duggar was by her husband Josh Duggar’s side again on Wednesday morning.
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