Josh Duggar

Josh Duggar, the former reality TV personality now serving a 151-month prison sentence for possession of child pornography, is now looking to the U.S. Supreme Court for legal relief.

In December 2021, a federal jury in Fayettevile convicted Duggar. He appealed to the Eighth Circuit, unsuccessfully arguing that he deserved a new trial due to evidentiary issues.


Now, Duggar, 35, has filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, and it was placed on the high court’s docket Wednesday. No information is available yet on what grounds he hopes to appeal.

According to a federal court website, a writ of certiorari “is a request that the Supreme Court order a lower court to send up the record of the case for review.”


The website also provides information that suggests just how remote Duggar’s chances are before the high court.

“The Court usually is not under any obligation to hear these cases, and it usually only does so if the case could have national significance, might harmonize conflicting decisions in the federal Circuit courts, and/or could have precedential value,” the site says. “In fact, the Court accepts 100-150 of the more than 7,000 cases that it is asked to review each year.”


Duggar is incarcerated at a low-security federal prison in Seagoville, Texas.