Josh Duggar will go on trial in a matter of days.
But a federal judge decreed this week that interested parties and curious followers will need to constantly refresh their Internet browsers and visit websites such as The Hollywood Gossip in order to track the proceedings.
Because the trial will not be televised.
U.S. District Judge Timothy L. Brooks issued an order this week that stated no devices — no cellphones, computers or other electronic devices of any kind — will be allowed inside of the courtroom once things get underway on Tuesday, November 30.
“Members of the public and the media are prohibited from entering the courthouse with cellular phones, recording devices or any other type of electronic device, such as laptop computers or tablets,” said Brooks in his ruling.
To be clear, journalists will be permitted to take notes and to report on the trial.
But do not expect any sort of videos to emerge or to even hear any arguments or testimony of any kind from lawyers or judges.
Elsewhere at this same hearing, the both the defense team and the prosecution agreed on opening statements of no more than 30 minutes.
The judge also ruled that visual aids, such as PowerPoint presentations, would be permitted during these statements, even without prior clearance.
When asked how long they anticipated the trial might take, the prosecution estimated that their case could entail “a solid three days of evidence,” with a chance of “bleeding into a fourth.”
An evidentiary hearing is scheduled for November 29 and then jury selection is set to begin on November 30 at the Fayetteville District Court.
Duggar, of course, pleaded not guilty to charges of child pornography possession back on May 6, about a week after he was taken into custody.
Federal prosecutors have said that Duggar downloaded approximately 200 images and/or videos of …read more
Source:: The Hollywood Gossip