Since the recent trial Josh Duggar faced, the Duggar family has been experiencing some legal hits. A lot has happened in the family since the trial, and one important case is Jim Bob Duggar’s loss in the senate race.
Also, a local police officer accused Jana Dugger of putting a child’s life in danger, and Derik Dillard, a son-in-law, compared Bob to human traffickers. Even before the trial, some alleged truths were revealed to the public.
Still, there’s no doubt that the trial revealed some truths that were hidden to maintain the family’s façade. The trial that was held based on the pornography charges Josh was accused of in April 2021 revealed three lies.
What’s the connection between the trial and the lies exposed? How possible was it to keep the truth from the public until the trial? Did Josh’s case aggravate after the lies were exposed? Keep reading to find answers.
The Severity Of The Sexual Abuse
After the arrest earlier this year, the prosecution and defense team were doing their best to get a favorable verdict from the judge. The defense team tried to stop the prosecution team from raising Josh’s sexual abuse issues.
The sexual abuse scandal was going to implicate the defense team and their client at the court hearing. Unfortunately for the defense team, the court’s judge heard the arguments and gave a chance for them to be presented to the jury.
Jim and Bobye Holt revealed that the sexual abuse in the Duggar family home was far more severe than what the public knew. This was contrary to what Bob and Michelle claimed in an interview with Megyn Kelly in 2015. The Holts also added that when the case went viral, Josh had touched his siblings in a very inappropriate manner countless times. Bob and Michelle also claimed that Josh’s victims were oblivious of what happened to them.
Jim and Bobye also disproved the statements, stating that one of Josh’s victims reported one of the past incidents. Judging from the Holts’ testimony, Bob and Michelle painted a different scenario to the public.
The Duggar Family Denied Any Federal Raid On Their Property
Two years ago, there were reports that certain federal agents raided a property owned by the Duggar family. The rumors went on for a short while without the intervention of the concerned family. Later on, they issued a statement.
In the report released by the Duggars, Bob and Michelle claimed that nothing related to a raid was carried out on any of the Duggar family’s property. They also claimed that no family member was a subject of investigation at the time.
They went further to outrightly tag the report as “fake news.” However, a raid took place, which caused Josh’s arrest and subsequent conviction. Not only that, the couple was aware of the raid in 2019.
They knew the agents visited a car lot owned by Josh because at that time, Josh and his family, was living on one of Bob and Michelle’s properties. This was hidden until the prosecution team did some digging before the trial.
Bobye Holt Revealed A Past Failed Courtship
One of the witnesses for the prosecution team was Bobye Holt, a long-time family friend of the Duggars. Apart from revealing some hidden truths about Josh’s child molestation, she also exposed a lie about a failed courtship.
Something peculiar about the Duggar family’s courtship made it easy for the followers to believe Bobye’s report. Fans were made to understand that the Duggar family didn’t believe in dating. The family believed in direct courtships for the sake of purity. In essence, any family relationship was always a step to marriage, not for immoral purposes.
In 2008, Josh met Anna, his wife, and the family pretended that she was his first love. However, Bobye revealed that Josh had a serious relationship with a lady before he courted Anna, which was against their acclaimed court-ships principle. Bobye also claimed that Josh courted her first daughter when they were teenagers.
The relationship was intended for marriage until Josh confessed he was guilty of molesting his siblings on several occasions. The confession ended the relationship between their daughter and Josh.
The Recent Timeline Of Events For Josh’s Trial
The trial was initially fixed for July 6 before it was rescheduled for November 30, 2021. In October, Josh’s lawyers tried some procedures in an attempt to get the case against Josh dismissed, but it was ruled frivolous by the judge.
Later on, the lawyers wanted to suppress the prosecution team’s evidence against Josh, but the judge denied their bid. On December 1, Detective Kalmer was called to testify as a witness in the trial.
Two days later, some personnel from the DOJ testified also, and on December 6, the Holts gave their account of the incident to the best of their knowledge. On December 9, the jury found Josh guilty of all the charges against him.