Fayetteville, Arkansas (KNWA/KFTA) – Each of the prosecution and defense teams completed their questioning of a US Department of Justice computer forensic expert Friday afternoon in Western Arkansas District Court in Fayetteville.
At 5 p.m., Judge Timothy L. Brooks The jury has the option to leave for the weekend, or proceed to finalize the testimony of Director of the High-Tech Investigations Unit (HTIU) James Futrell. The jury chose to let him finish his time on the podium.
Duggar’s lead attorney, Justin Gelfand, continued his cross-examination of the witness when the jury returned from lunch shortly after 1:30 p.m.
He made various points, stating that a USB flash drive that was attached to an HP computer was not seized or found by agents during a search warrant executed at a Duggar yard in November 2019. Forensic evidence shows that the flash drive The USB contains two Word documents and a Powerpoint file in HP at one point. Later, upon redirection with Attorney General William Klayman, the subject circled back to this missing element.
Duggar’s defense attorneys argued that someone else had downloaded or placed child pornography on the 33-year-old’s work computer, noting that no child pornography was found on Duggar’s phone or laptop.
But federal prosecutors have detailed records showing, minute by minute, activity on Duggar’s computer that alternates between sending personal messages, downloading child pornography and saving notes photos.
On Thursday, Fottrell testified that an open source Linux operating system and a coding-capable browser were installed behind a used car dealership’s desktop section.
Experts said the partition essentially divided the computer’s hard drive into a public-facing side that is related to the work and includes tracking software, and a secret second side that uses Linux and the browser.
This allowed anyone using the computer to evade the accountability software installed to report Duggar’s wife about inappropriate internet activity, such as searching for pornography.
Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Futrell testified that sexually explicit images and videos of children were found on the Linux side of the computer.
On Friday, Fottrell provided details obtained from Duggar’s iPhone backup, which was made on his MacBook Pro laptop, and which put the phone in the parking lot on the exact dates and times the illegal material was downloaded, accessed, and shared on Agent’s desktop computer. , KNWA-TV reported in Fayetteville.
James Follett, the chief forensic analyst at the Department of Homeland Security, testified Friday that a car receipt bearing the name “Josh” was found as the sales agent behind the department where child pornography was downloaded, the Democrat-Gazette reported. The password to access the hidden partition was a variation of the passwords Duggar had used on other devices for at least five years.
Duggar, who appeared on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” was indicted in April. Prosecutors say child pornography was downloaded to a computer in May 2019.
TLC pulled the reality TV show in 2015 over revelations that Duggar had molested four of his sisters and a babysitter. Duggar’s parents said he admitted to foreplay and apologized. US District Judge Timothy Brooks ruled earlier this week that jurors may hear details of this abuse in a child pornography trial.
In 2015, Duggar publicly apologized for his pornography addiction and infidelity, calling himself the “biggest hypocrite ever”.
Duggar’s trial begins while his father, Jim Bob Duggar, is running a special election for a vacant Senate seat in Northwest Arkansas. Jim Bob Duggar also made a prominent appearance on the TLC show and previously served at the Arkansas House. The primaries for the open seat will be held on December 14th.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.