Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar pose for billboard as he runs for Arkansas state senate amid Josh's child pornography trial
JIM BOB & Michelle Duggar appeared on a billboard to promote his run for Arkansas state senate amid their son Josh's upcoming trial.
The TV star announced his official leap into politics last month.
The pair appeared on a billboard in their home state of Arkansas to promote Jim Bob's sentatorial run.
Gossip blogger Katie Joy captured a snap of the billboard featuring the smiling couple and posted it to social media.
The Counting On alum announced his candidacy for Arkansas State Senate District 7 seat on October 29, according to Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
Jim Bob released a statement and said: "Northwest Arkansas is my lifelong home. It's where my wife, Michelle, and I have raised our 20 children.
"It's where we've grown our small businesses. It's where we've built a life centered around our faith, family, and friends."
The Duggar patriarch claimed that "out-of-control bureaucrats have put politics over common-sense policy with government mandates that force people to choose between earning a paycheck and violating their personal rights and beliefs."
He promised to be the "bold voice that is pro-family, pro-business, pro-gun, and pro-life."
The TLC star concluded: "It's time for conservatives to demand courageous leadership that puts Arkansas families, jobs, and our constitutional liberties first.
"I look forward to being your voice in the Arkansas State Senate."
The news comes as a shock to fans as the family is currently awaiting their eldest son Josh's trial for his April 2021 arrest for receiving and possessing child pornography.
Recently, Josh, 33, missed the deadline to accept a plea deal before the November 30 trial in his case.
According to the Pretrial Scheduling Order, Josh had until October 18th to accept a plea agreement and change his non-guilty plea.
The Sun can exclusively reveal no change of plea has been filed as of October 19th.
Jim Bob's son could be facing up to 20 years behind bars if found guilty.
PREPARING FOR TRIAL
The father-of-six is reportedly begging a judge to ban an agent's claim that the alleged child pornography found was the “worst he’s ever seen” because it’s “just his opinion.”
Court papers obtained by The Sun exclusively reveal Josh filed a motion on November 3 to have a statement from Special Agent Gerald Faulkner banned from trial.
At the May 2021 detention hearing, Special Agent Faulkner testified of a specific file: "And I can say in the 11 years of doing this and the thousands and thousands of child pornography images and videos I’ve unfortunately [had] to see, the [file] ranks in the top five of the worst-worst that I’ve ever had to examine.”
The Sun previously reported from court papers that the state plans to use Josh's past molestation scandal, which he was never charged for, at trial and is asking the court for permission.
In 2015, a police report was published that revealed Jim Bob confessed to local authorities that Josh fondled the breasts and genitals of five young girls while they were asleep in the family home back in 2006.
The state plans to use the police report at trial, as it shows his alleged “sexual interest in young girls.”
Josh responded by demanding the judge not allow the government and witnesses from discussing the molestation that took place when he was a minor.
The filing read: “There is no question the allegations at issue arise at a time when Duggar was a minor and the allegations at issue in this case arise at a time when Duggar was in his 30’s.
“Furthermore, there is no question Duggar was never charged with a crime related to those allegations.”
The documents continue that Josh was a minor at the time of the molestation and that it has “nothing to do with computer-based conduct.”
The filing claims the conduct “sheds no light on whether Duggar knowingly received or possessed alleged child pornography on three days in 2019 as the indictment alleges.”
An Arkansas judge has not ruled on the requests.
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