JOSH DUGGAR

A three-judge federal appeals court panel has agreed to hear Josh Duggar‘s appeal of his child-pornography conviction.

The hearing will be Feb. 16 in Kansas City by a panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Duggar, 34, is serving a 12.5-year sentence at a low-security prison in Seagoville, Texas, for receiving depictions of child sexual abuse.

Duggar’s appeal asks that his conviction be overturned, his statements to authorities be suppressed and that the case be remanded for a new trial.

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Duggar hopes to raise arguments made unsuccessfully during his federal trial in Fayetteville. He also says he was prevented from introducing arguments about a potential alternate suspect, that the government’s expert computer witness gave flawed testimony, and that law enforcement officers questioned Duggar without his attorney present.

The government has argued that Duggar waived his right not to talk with officers. Duggar countered, however, that he was constructively refused his right to call a lawyer and that he didn’t have freedom to leave the premises as the government asserted.

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Duggar, who was a political operative for conservative, religious organizations, is best known for being a member of the Duggar family of the reality TV program, “19 Kids and Counting.” The program was canceled in 2015 after publicity about allegations Duggar had molested four of his sisters and a babysitter years earlier. No charges were ever filed in that matter, although the allegations were investigated in 2006.