The 19 Kids and Counting alum, 33, is scheduled to appear at a hearing on Wednesday, May 5, to determine whether he will be released from custody. One day prior, his attorneys submitted paperwork on his behalf “respectfully” opposing his continued detention.
“Duggar … has no criminal convictions and has known about this federal criminal investigation since November 2019 when Homeland Security Investigations (‘HSI’) executed a search of Duggar’s prior workplace,” documents obtained by Us Weekly on Tuesday, May 4, state.
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The former TLC personality’s legal counsel asserted that “Duggar has maintained an open dialogue with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in connection with this investigation” and “complied precisely as directed” when asked to “voluntarily self-surrender” in his case. The docs also assert that “Duggar is neither a risk of flight nor a danger to the community” if he is released on bail.
During a virtual hearing on Friday, April 30, U.S Chief Magistrate Judge Erin L. Wiedemann stated that Duggar would “likely require a third-party custodian that he could reside with” once out of jail. The judge recommended that “there are no minors in the home” at the third-party residence, meaning that the Arkansas native would not be able to return home to his wife, Anna Duggar, and their soon-to-be seven children.
However, Josh’s lawyers fought back on the conditions of release, asking the court to “permit him to return home to his immediate family” ahead of his July trial.
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Josh and Anna, 32, tied the knot in 2008. They are the parents of Mackynzie, 11, Michael, 9, Marcus, 7, Meredith, 5, Mason, 3, and Maryella, 17 months.
Shortly before news broke of Josh’s arrest last month, Anna confirmed via Instagram that they have baby No. 7 on the way. Their little girl will be arriving in the fall.
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