The federal government is firing back at Josh Duggar's claim they are dragging their feet on turning over evidence.
According to court documents obtained by RadarOnline.com, prosecutors are asking a judge to shut down a motion brought by the reality star over alleged evidence he claimed they weren’t handing over.
As we previously reported, earlier this year, Duggar was arrested on federal charges related to possessing and receiving child pornography. In court documents, the government says they found the disgusting material on a computer used by Duggar at work.
The investigation into Duggar lasted over a year and ended with Duggar turning himself into police. The former TLC star was released without bond but was ordered to stay away from minor children. He is also prohibited from seeing his own children without his wife Anna’s approval.
His trial is set to start on November 30. Duggar’s lawyers have been going hard against the government accusing them of dragging their feet on turning over evidence.
Recently his team claimed the feds had yet to turn over the police reports from Little Rock, Arkansas in connection with the criminal investigation against him.
They also claim to not have received any details about screenshots the feds are using as evidence. In docs, Duggar says when they executed a search warrant at his work, the officers downloaded material off a computer.
The program they used is supposed to provide a detailed log of information. He says he hasn’t seen those logs and cannot properly build his defense.
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Prosecutors write, “As with many cases based on undercover investigations of individuals sharing child sexual abuse material (“CSAM”) over peer-to-peer networks, this case is straight-forward.”
They claim in May 2019, “Detective Amber Kalmer in Little Rock, Arkansas, used a law enforcement tool to download files depicting the sexual abuse of children directly from the user of a single Internet Protocol (“IP”) address over the BitTorrent peer-to-peer network.”
Kalmer then sent the lead to Homeland Security. The agency determined “that the IP address was assigned to the defendant’s small used car dealership in this District at the time of the downloads and applied for a warrant to search the premises.”
They claim that “faced with these charges,” Duggar is now demanding the production of “non-existent material related to Detective Kalmer’s undercover downloads, and separately, material related to other downloads conducted by other law enforcement officers not involved with this case and not in the Government’s possession.”
They end, “His motion represents nothing more than a request to embark on an impermissible fishing expedition for evidence that is either nonexistent, immaterial to his defense, or already produced.” A judge has yet to rule.