Josh Dugar will be sentenced to federal prison in two weeks.
So close to learning his legal fate with the former reality star and convicted child sex offender, Dugar’s defense team filed a sentencing memo in federal court in the Western District of Arkansas in Fayetteville on Wednesday, May 11.
This memorandum was 30 pages long.
And it lists why Dugar should receive a lenient sentence on May 25.
(For the record, Duggar was convicted of two counts of sexual assault in December; he faces up to 20 years in prison.) Each Count.)
The defense filing opens with the claim that it seeks a punishment that is “sufficient, but not more than necessary.”
Josh’s attorneys then try to emphasize the unusual nature of the case, saying that Dugar – a 34-year-old father of seven whose last child was born in October – has lived an admirable life since childhood while navigating the unique challenges associated with the entity. In the public spotlight. “
This is quite an acceptance of his situation and his past, many critics will probably respond.
Dugar admitted in 2015 that he molested several young girls as a teenager, long before his family starred in a reality show.
He confessed to cheating with his wife the same year that he met women on an adultery-themed website.
“Duggar tells the court to recognize him as the person he is and the person he can be,” the lawyers wrote in their memo, adding that Duggar had never been charged before.
(Of course, this could be a good reason for Josh’s parents to help cover up his immorality scandal by refusing to report their eldest child to the authorities at that time.)
Memoty continues to describe Dugar as a “completely dedicated” family man, defending his vision of “selfless work outside the public spotlight that speaks to his true character,” as follows:
The real Josh Dugar is not a caricature that is often featured in the public spotlight to sell a tabloid or generate Internet traffic.
This is a hard working man who is committed to helping every grain of his body at any cost to his family, his faith and the people around him.
There are many more, because it is normally the job of any defense team to fight for the best interests of a defendant.
For example, the documents claim that Dugar’s life was “shattered” and that his “reputation, career and family were all damaged” by his conviction.
It says he will “live a productive and lawful life following any punishment imposed by this court.”
Duggar – who was convicted last year of downloading sexual graphic photos and videos of children under the age of 12 – “maintains his innocence,” his lawyers argue, while Also Acknowledging that the crime in question is inherently serious.
“It’s a defendant who will never find himself before, or in any other court,” he says. “And a defendant who will abide by the conditions imposed by this court on custody.”
At another point, Memoti touches on Duggar’s indecency scandal, referring to it as Josh’s “uncharged alleged behavior as a child.”
The group argued that the alleged crimes occurred more than 20 years ago, adding:
“This is probably not rational enough to form a sufficient ‘pattern of activity’ to increase the level of crime.”
These same lawyers believe that a mere five-year sentence is appropriate because Dugar’s heinous act took place “in a very short time.”
Dugar’s attorneys said, “The point is, the lifelong need to register a sex offender and the shame and humiliation that accompany this history in the Google era, Dugar will have to bear the consequences of his conviction for the rest of his life – no matter how long he is in prison.”
Many believe that he should.
The prosecutor in the case, meanwhile, has submitted a sentencing memorandum of his own, demanding a sentence of 20 years.