FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The protection rested Tuesday within the Arkansas federal trial of former actuality TV star Josh Duggar after a prosecutor sharply questioned a pc skilled throughout the state’s cross-examination.
Duggar, 33, is charged with receiving and possessing youngster pornography and faces as much as 20 years in jail on every rely if convicted. His federal trial started final week. The prosecution rested its case Monday, and Duggar’s attorneys started calling witnesses shortly after.
Underneath questioning by Duggar’s attorneys, forensic laptop analyst Michele Bush mentioned the pc the place youngster pornography was downloaded might have been accessed remotely. The protection has argued that another person downloaded or positioned the kid pornography onto the pc at Duggar’s office, noting that no youngster pornography was discovered on Duggar’s telephone or laptop computer.
However Bush acknowledged to prosecutors that the ten years of expertise she claimed as a forensic laptop analyst included time as a university pupil, KNWA-TV reported.
Bush instructed the protection that she had testified quite a few instances in courtroom as an skilled witness. However when challenged by prosecutor William Clayman on what number of instances she had testified in a federal prison courtroom case, she first mentioned she must verify her resumé, then admitted beneath follow-up questioning that the Duggar case is perhaps her first, the station reported.
Closing arguments had been scheduled for Wednesday with jury deliberations to comply with.
The second day of Bush’s testimony got here hours after a Duggar household buddy testified that Duggar admitted in 2003 to molesting 4 younger women, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.
Duggar, featured on TLC’s “19 Children and Counting” present, was charged in April. Prosecutors say youngster pornography was downloaded to the pc in Might 2019.
TLC pulled the fact TV present in 2015 over revelations that Duggar had molested 4 of his sisters and a babysitter. In 2015, Duggar publicly apologized for his pornography dependancy and dishonest on his spouse, calling himself “the most important hypocrite ever.”
Duggar’s trial is going on as his father, Jim Bob Duggar, runs in a particular election for a vacant state Senate seat in northwest Arkansas. Jim Bob Duggar was additionally featured prominently on the TLC present and beforehand served within the Arkansas Home.
Jim Bob Duggar is one in all 4 Republicans in search of their social gathering’s nomination. Early voting started Tuesday, and the first is ready for Dec. 14.