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Well Josh is relieved he doesn't get to bail out and be with Anna and the M's. I can guarantee that's one part of jail that suits him just fine.

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"Our Field Trip to Josh Duggar's Cara Lot"- wow - whole different perspective to see this now.

 

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I'm watching the SF Giants ball game, and we have an excellent player named Steven Duggar.  Every time he is at bat it makes me think of, and feel so sorry for, the Duggar children, and how they will never be able to play any kind of organized sports.  They just get to live a confined, controlled, uneducated life with now horrible notoriety.

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9 minutes ago, CalicoKitty said:

They just get to live a confined, controlled, uneducated life with now horrible notoriety.

Not to mention being mere cash cows for their greedy parents/grandparents.

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17 minutes ago, Tuxcat said:

"Our Field Trip to Josh Duggar's Cara Lot"- wow - whole different perspective to see this now.

 

This was Carlot....a lot nicer than the post-scandal carlot.

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13 minutes ago, CalicoKitty said:

I'm watching the SF Giants ball game, and we have an excellent player named Steven Duggar.  Every time he is at bat it makes my think of, and feel so sorry for, the Duggar children, and how they will never be able to play any kind of organized sports.  They just get to live a confined, controlled, uneducated life with now horrible notoriety.

Hmm ... Izzy Dillard goes to public school and Sam probably will as well. So they can play sports.

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Yikes. That Hutchens creep has the same arrogant smirk in his mugshot that Josh does in his.

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1 hour ago, cereality said:

As a non legal matter, what do you suppose Anna has told her kids? They have to be asking where daddy went; if they know he’s in jail then they have to be asking why. And assuming Anna is not in isolation with them and isn’t answering their questions to their satisfaction, there’s got to be one kid who is persistent asking anyone he sees from Aunt Jana to Grandpa to Uncle JD. What do you say when the crime is one involving looking at kids THEIR age??? Do you just play the - God is testing daddy’s and all our faith - and refuse to give details?

I don't think so. A major part of Gothardism is "instant obedience." Anna will provide them with some narrative (probably authored by JB and Josh), and that will be it. There will be no additional questions, period.

I'm sure that all the M kids know by now how far they can push with additional questions about anything -- and that's not a lot.

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So, I looked at that motion for bond, and if I understood it correctly, the feds had a warrant for all electronic devices at the car lot. Last I checked, an iPhone is an electronic device. And yet I'm supposed to be shocked, shocked, shocked, that the feds didn't allow Josh to use the iPhone and took it away from him, and that this is supposedly some sort of constitutional violation? And also, I'm supposed to believe that Josh asking to call an attorney on a device the feds were seizing as part of a federal warrant was an example of cooperating with the feds?  

Because - and maybe I'm way off here - "Sure, I'll let you have my iPhone - after I make a few calls on it, possibly playing around on the screen while I'm doing so" is kinda the direct opposite of cooperating with the feds. Just me?

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There were several eyeroll worthy moments in that bond motion. But I think too famous to flee was the best. 😂

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Just now, Zella said:

I may have also damaged my eyes rolling them at the line about him continuing to support his wife and children after the raid.  

With "legal employment." 😂

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2 hours ago, beckie said:

I thought after the Ashley Madison thing,  that  Josh was only allowed a plain old flip phone? 

I thought the same thing.

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2 minutes ago, 3 is enough said:

I thought the same thing.

That obviously didn't last long. He was reading off a(nother) iPhone during the Nurie Rodrigues wedding reception. 

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I'm a bit confused here... his computer was seized in 2019 and the child images were found then? And if I got that right... have they found more with this arrest? 

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15 minutes ago, emmawoodhouse said:

That obviously didn't last long. He was reading off a(nother) iPhone during the Nurie Rodrigues wedding reception. 

I think it was noticed a year or two after he returned from Jesus jail. So yeah, not long.

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Realistically, how do you tell a 30 something man he can't have a smart phone?  Even Jim Bob's control has limits.

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7 minutes ago, JoanArc said:

I think it was noticed a year or two after he returned from Jesus jail. So yeah, not long.

Yeah, I remember seeing it in his pants pocket, but it was a while ago, and I couldn't pinpoint the exact event, so I didn't feel right using but as evidence. 😃

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2 hours ago, Spazamanaz said:

I'm a bit confused here... his computer was seized in 2019 and the child images were found then? And if I got that right... have they found more with this arrest? 

 

They had to be able to prove it was him using the computer to do it and not just go off him being the owner of the computer that others could had access to have done it. It seems they were able too.

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finally at the end, and I assume it will be just as long as tomorrow with the news. 

I can't believe his lawyers are arguing he should be with his wife... and kids. 

Most of the Duggar households include children under 12 including the TTH.

I doubt they would let him leave the state of Arkansas even though they're federal charges.  That let Justin and Claire out.

I hope Deanna wouldn't take after all the crap JB has given her for being unwed mother. JB "her life is filled with challenges" don't add to them.

That leaves Jed! and Katey and they may not want him around. 

Or Katey's father can take him.  

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Jeremiah could live with Josh in a rental house or one of the ones they already own.

I suppose they are arguing he is safe around his kids because they're portraying Josh as innocent.

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Bond might be $1 million.

Will Jim Bob pay? Or will Josh cool his heels in jail until the trial?

Joshgate 2021 the year crap hit the fan... again 

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8 hours ago, Tuxcat said:

I can't even imagine what they are telling those kids.

I imagine it's been some variation on "Daddy had to go out of town to take care of some business for Lolli and Pop". The kids would buy this because they've been raised to know that when Pop says "Jump!", Daddy says "How high, Sir?". And as long as Anna doesn't break down in front of them or some other adult doesn't let something slip, they've probably settled down happily enough. 

I don't mean to imply that this whole mess won't be traumatic for them, but for now they'll be sheltered from the worst of it because they already live in a protective bubble. No newspaper headlines or TV news reports will reach them. No other kids will taunt them on the school bus or playground.

Once Josh is released on bond, the kids will probably be taken to see him at least once for appearance's sake and again they'll be fed the "Daddy's working and can't come home right now" line.

Eventually, the kids will have to be told that Daddy isn't coming back for a very long time, but I doubt if JB, Michelle or Anna are thinking that far ahead. They're probably still clinging to the deluded hope that Josh will be acquitted or, at worst, let off with a slap on the wrist.

And once the dust settles, I doubt if the kids will really miss Josh all that much on a day-to-day level. I've always thought that he was a distant, uninvolved father. The kids' memories of Josh will probably be of them tiptoeing around, trying not to disturb him as he sits in his easy chair and Mommy waits on him hand and foot.

 

 

 

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14 hours ago, mynextmistake said:

I expect the defense will put forth either Jana (with JB proposing a new address she can live at with Josh during the pendency of the case) 

In my dreams, this proposal has been made to Jana and proven to be the last straw for her, and she has now flown the coop. In real life, she'll probably be babysitting him at the toxic-pool house. 

On the bright side, maybe she can push him in.

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So is Jana going to have to babysit Josh or the M kids with Anna staying with Josh because I'm sure Boob is going to make it Jana's burden. 

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I know a mom whose husband was in jail for nearly two years. She brought her two young daughters to see their dad at "college"* during that time.  Years later, when the youngest one was in her late teens, she overheard her older sister mentioning "that time when dad was in jail" to their mom. Needless to say, she had a glaringly bright lightbulb moment.

Like @Albanyguy said, if Anna isn't freaking out too much the kids will adjust to their new normal, without much bother as to what the adults around them are doing.

*It was minimum security in a country setting, but yes it did have barbed wire and guards and such. Young kids just tend to believe what they're told and go with the flow.

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But if it is Jana she has been raised to be subserviant to men.  If Josh tried something would she be able to stop him?  Would she be able to repoer it or just cover it up?  

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8 hours ago, Tuxcat said:

"Our Field Trip to Josh Duggar's Cara Lot"- wow - whole different perspective to see this now.

 

At an early age, his parents instilled in him the principles you need to be a used-car salesman. 

Seems about right. 

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13 minutes ago, jacourt said:

But if it is Jana she has been raised to be subserviant to men.  If Josh tried something would she be able to stop him?  Would she be able to repoer it or just cover it up?  

I don't think it will be Jana.

I wish I could know how JB & M are looking at this. They certainly can't trust Josh and it'll be their money they're risking. So I would think the Josh minder would likely be a brother or a male 'friend'. Maybe Travis Story? Does he have kids?

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12 hours ago, Tuxcat said:

Right, but can the prosecution at any time use the past molestation behavior to further argue that Josh is a potential threat to children?

I am guessing that information is not usable since he was a minor.

But it is relevant since his ridiculous lawyers seem to be arguing that "all Josh did was look at CP images- he certainly didn't come into contact with a child..." (which by the way I am shocked his lawyers would argue in this manner but the previous post suggests thats the way they are going for the bond hearing at least)

Unfortunately, not only was he a minor, but he was never even arrested, let alone tried and convicted, for what he did in his teens. Ditto the Ashley Madison thing - it's skeevy but it was not illegal.

If anything good comes of this, maybe the Feds were able to trace where these images came from and maybe take down a whole ring of these scumbags.

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Maybe Kory Nakatsu can take him. He lives in Arkansas now. Has a big house. 

Really wondering what's going on in his head and the Spiveys' heads as it occurs to them that they talked to JB many times over the past two years about their kids' marriages.... and that he probably knew about this for most of that time -- but said nothing......

Even though in Nakatsu's case, vetting the would-be groom and his entire situation is supposed to be part of the "biblical betrothal" thing. Nakatsu seems to want his daughters in a biblical betrothal situation so they'll be safe -- and so their reputations will be safe, as Jed!'s vows so memorably stated. And Hilary seems to praise JB for raising super-responsible super-competent children -- and obviously would want that for her daughter's sake. 

Of course, I guess it's always possible that JB totally fessed up to these people about what might be coming down the pike before he helped arranged quickie weddings. Only not, it seems to me. 

And yet here they all are -- part of the tight-knit, super-faithful, super-conscience-driven Gothard empire. 

I'd be surprised if they aren't all experiencing some serious mental turmoil with a bit of rage thrown in at the moment. 

Or maybe they just believe JB's protestations that he didn't know a thing or that Josh is being railroaded because of his faith. 

{not implying anything about other Duggarlings being similar to Josh in any way -- but these connections in this cult are all about whole families linking together....And I'd think they'd expect a certain amount of honesty in that process when it comes to things as substantial as this ... )

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11 minutes ago, GeeGolly said:

I don't think it will be Jana.

I wish I could know how JB & M are looking at this. They certainly can't trust Josh and it'll be their money they're risking. So I would think the Josh minder would likely be a brother or a male 'friend'. Maybe Travis Story? Does he have kids?

I also don't think it would be Jana. She's his younger sister, and lives in a home with several minor children. I wonder if JB has found some fundie buddy, maybe a married guy whose kids are grown, with no local young grandchildren, who will give Josh a home pending resolution of the case. I assume it would have to be a real Kool-Aid drinker type, whose wife won't fuss when told "Honey, get the guest room ready. Josh Duggar is moving in with us while he's out on bond pending trial in his federal criminal case. I signed paperwork with the court about it."

I wonder if the feds caught Josh because they traced the images to him during an ongoing investigation which has now resulted in charges against others as well as Josh. I think the pandemic caused some delay between the raid and the indictment, but even without the pandemic the feds may not have been at the end of a bigger investigation when they served the warrant on Josh in late 2019. I assume those facts will eventually be revealed. 

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On 5/2/2021 at 2:21 PM, doodlebug said:

The guilty pay their legal bills just as easily as the innocent.  I expect that this guy, who handles federal cases, is used to having sleazy clients.  If the Duggars had the assets to pay his retainer, that is all he needed to know.  While the rest of us find Josh repugnant, the sort of people this guy represents would be glad to have a lawyer who worked with a semi-high profile client like Josh.  A case like this, with the media covering, would be good for the bottom line.

The thing about criminal defense is that the lawyer gets paid win or lose. It’s not on contingency. You have to get paid the huge retainer up front so loser doesn’t skip out on the bill. 

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11 minutes ago, Churchhoney said:

Maybe Kory Nakatsu can take him. He lives in Arkansas now. Has a big house. 

Really wondering what's going on in his head and the Spiveys' heads as it occurs to them that they talked to JB many times over the past two years about their kids' marriages.... and that he probably knew about this for most of that time -- but said nothing......

Even though in Nakatsu's case, vetting the would-be groom and his entire situation is supposed to be part of the "biblical betrothal" thing. Nakatsu seems to want his daughters in a biblical betrothal situation so they'll be safe -- and so their reputations will be safe, as Jed!'s vows so memorably stated. And Hilary seems to praise JB for raising super-responsible super-competent children -- and obviously would want that for her daughter's sake. 

Of course, I guess it's always possible that JB totally fessed up to these people about what might be coming down the pike before he helped arranged quickie weddings. Only not, it seems to me. 

And yet here they all are -- part of the tight-knit, super-faithful, super-conscience-driven Gothard empire. 

I'd be surprised if they aren't all experiencing some serious mental turmoil with a bit of rage thrown in at the moment. 

Or maybe they just believe JB's protestations that he didn't know a thing. 

If they’re Gothard followers, they may not think it’s a big deal. It may be just another sin to them.

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2 minutes ago, Future Cat Lady said:

If they’re Gothard follower, they may not think it’s a big deal. It may be just another sin to them.

Yeah. Perfectly possible. 

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13 hours ago, Tuxcat said:

I am guessing the prosecution cannot reference Josh's pattern of behavior at the bond hearing (or at all going forward)?

Prior bad acts and criminal record is absolutely permitted at bond hearings.   The prohibition comes in when the matter goes before the finder of fact, a judge or a jury, for a decision regarding the actual allegations.

I'm unclear whether the molestations can legally be considered a factor since there was no conviction.   

10 hours ago, Tuxcat said:

So they plan to argue (later) that his constitutional rights were violated at the time of the search?

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They weren't questioning him, so they weren't forcing him to talk to them without legal counsel.   They were there on a court authorized warrant, which apparently covered his phone among other things.   They were under no obligation to let him use the phone and had every right to take custody of it.

10 hours ago, cereality said:

Likely yes. I’m not a constitutional lawyer at all but this sounds like a set up for - this search wasn’t conducted properly (either the IPhone or the computer or both) so any evidence coming from these search is inadmissible. That sounds like an argument Jim Bob came up with. Reality is if they had a warrant, they had already gone to court to show probable cause of a crime — the search was fine. What Josh could have done is denied consent to search until they showed him or his atty probable cause - they would have cooled their jets long enough to send the warrant to the atty who’d then tell him he must cooperate - but he didn’t know to do that.

 

It would definitely be expected that they push back against the search warrant in any way possible during pretrial motions in order to quash any and all evidence possible.   That has zero to do with JB's legal mind.   If the actual attorneys neglect to take every run at the warrant and the raid it opens the door for an ineffective assistance of counsel claim in a bid for appeal.   

A search warrant authorized by the court is a court order.   There is no such thing as holding off execution for a suspect's attorney to be satisfied there is probable cause.   The judge who authorized the warrant found probable cause in the warrant request already.  Interfering with the execution of an authorized warrant can relate in other charges, same with any other court order.   A defense attorney's time to attack the warrant is in the pretrial phase -- and then potentially again in the appellate phase via claims that the court made some error in not quashing the warrant and evidence resulting from it during the pretrial motions.  

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5 minutes ago, Crochetlady said:

So the bail hearing is at 1:30 central time today, correct? 

Yes it is.

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To be fair the Nakatsus and Spiveys have nothing to do with this.

I certainly hope neither family is concerned about this anymore than other Duggar friends would be. Their daughters didn't marry Josh. This has nothing to do with them or their families.

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1 minute ago, GeeGolly said:

To be fair the Nakatsus and Spiveys have nothing to do with this.

I certainly hope neither family is concerned about this anymore than other Duggar friends would be. Their daughters didn't marry Josh. This has nothing to do with them or their families.

No it doesn't, but the ugly stain of this could still reach them. Guilt by association. Their child married into the family of a child molester. That type of thing. 

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10 hours ago, cereality said:

Likely yes. I’m not a constitutional lawyer at all but this sounds like a set up for - this search wasn’t conducted properly (either the IPhone or the computer or both) so any evidence coming from these search is inadmissible. That sounds like an argument Jim Bob came up with. Reality is if they had a warrant, they had already gone to court to show probable cause of a crime — the search was fine. What Josh could have done is denied consent to search until they showed him or his atty probable cause - they would have cooled their jets long enough to send the warrant to the atty who’d then tell him he must cooperate - but he didn’t know to do that.

 

They absolutely will challenge the search warrant. It would be a natural thing to do for any lawyer. In fact if it was JB’s idea instead of his lawyer, they need new lawyers. Challenging the search warrant doesn’t even mean his lawyers think the search was bad. They are just going to try to assert it was or some part of it or one piece of information etc. anything to reduce the amount of evidence allowed at trial. You never know what argument might work. I saw an episode of Dateline (or other similar show) where a lawyer got a bunch of electronic info from the suspect’s phone thrown out because the lawyer successfully argued that the investigators should have gotten a new search warrant each time they searched for something on his phone even though it was in police custody the whole time. As a layperson that seems asinine to me, but defense lawyers know it’s not about logic, it’s making interpretation of the letter of the law fit what you want. 

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7 minutes ago, GeeGolly said:

To be fair the Nakatsus and Spiveys have nothing to do with this.

I certainly hope neither family is concerned about this anymore than other Duggar friends would be. Their daughters didn't marry Josh. This has nothing to do with them or their families.

You're absolutely right. 

Never meant to imply that.

But if I were in their position, and I thought what a lot of us think, which is that JB likely had a very good idea that this would go down, I'd  be upset with him -- fairly or unfairly -- for not telling me that the DHS raid might have some consequences and that we should be prepared for that .... 

Of course, maybe he did tell them something like that. But in the interest of finding out more about what JB's really like, I'd love to know what he did or didn't say. (not that I ever will...) 

 

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10 hours ago, emmawoodhouse said:

Here's the "car lot." Not much room for Smuggar and the "sleazy ex-con" to fit in there. And would you trust a sleazy ex con with your computer? Yeah, didn't think so...

 

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You've blown my mind with this photo showing what the car lot actually looked like.   Now I've got some new thoughts about this whole thing and some questions.

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34 minutes ago, Crochetlady said:

No it doesn't, but the ugly stain of this could still reach them. Guilt by association. Their child married into the family of a child molester. That type of thing. 

Plus Josh is the uncle of their future grandkids. Eternal vigilance...

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28 minutes ago, Tikichick said:

You've blown my mind with this photo showing what the car lot actually looked like.   Now I've got some new thoughts about this whole thing and some questions.

Wait, I seriously thought that was a joke. That was real? A car lot that looks like a kid’s lemonade stand?

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Does anybody know the ownership history of the car lot property, as far as any family members having ownership of it at any point other than Josh? 

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11 hours ago, galaxygirl76 said:

 Joy. Was. Five.

Truth.  Poor Joy is probably on a road trip to Mexico with Austin and the kids, crying all the way.  Shameful, that s.o.b.

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You have to wonder if that Hutchens creep actually introduced Josh to CP instead of "setting him straight".  The fact that he himself was arrested a few years later for CP certainly suggests that that was the case.

You just can't make this stuff up.  What a shit show.

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