Josh Duggar accuses federal agents of unfairly ‘limiting’ him to new trial

Josh Duggar is seeking a new trial, alleging that federal agents unfairly “possessed” him and denied him access to an attorney during questioning. Arkansas Auto ShowsThe Post can confirm.

On Tuesday, lawyers for the disgraced star of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” filed an appeal against Duggar’s federal child pornography conviction. In May, he was sentenced to about 12 and a half years in prison.

Court documents obtained by The Post say that Homeland Security had already monitored Duggar’s car lot — described as “in the middle of nowhere” — and that agents were expected to arrive in November 2019 to conduct a search “without probable cause.” [the lot’s] the owner should have been there.”

Josh Duggar is pictured after his arrest on April 29, 2021 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
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When she arrived, Duggar was allegedly “surrounded by armed agents wearing ballistic vests and denied access to the vehicle. [He] attempted to call his lawyer to physically seize his phone and was told that his lawyer would not be allowed on the scene,” the 34-page filing states.

The Post has reached out to Duggar’s lawyers for comment.

Duggar was placed in a police car with two armed agents, the documents said.

“This court must conclude that a reasonable person in Duggar’s position would have felt “deprived in any way of freedom of movement,” the filings state.

“The government also alleges that it failed to detain Duggar,” the filing states. “But restraint means more than handcuffs.”

Duggar’s legal team rejected the government’s argument that she was told she could leave the scene because she couldn’t afford to.

“He would have been forced to walk on the shoulder of a rural highway to leave a police-dominated environment,” the filing said.

Josh Duggar visits "Extra" at their studios in Times Square on March 11, 2014 in New York City.
Josh Duggar visits Extra on March 11, 2014 at the studios in New York City.
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Josh Duggar holds his daughter while visiting with Extra on March 11, 2013 in Times Square.
Josh Duggar holds one of his daughters during a visit with Extra on March 11, 2013.
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In new documents, Duggar once again points the finger at former colleague Caleb Williams.

“Duggar had the right to prove that someone else had it
motive, opportunity and knowledge of the crime and of the government
The claim that no evidence incriminates Williams is false and misses the mark,” the documents read.

Duggar was found guilty in December 2021 of taking and possessing child sexual abuse photos and videos after a six-day trial. He is serving his sentence in a prison in Seagoville, Texas. has strict compliance rules. In May, a judge denied his request for a new trial.


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