We're still about six weeks away from Josh Duggar's child pornography trial, but if recent developments are any indication, tbe former reality star might want to come to terms with the fact that he'll be sporting an orange jumpsuit before the year is out.
There was a time when it looked as though Josh's lawyers might succeed in creating a shadow of doubt about his guilt.
Don't get us wrong: Josh is clearly guilty.
But if his lawyers had been able to muddy the water enough to create the slightest kernel of uncertainty, he might have beaten the charges.
Now, that ship seems to have sailed.
Earlier this week, we learned that Josh was once so confident he would go free that he refused a plea deal offered by prosecutors.
We're guessing he'd like to have that opportunity back in light of reports that a former co-worker has informed on him.
According to a new report from Radar Online, when Josh's lawyers tried to have the charges against him dismissed last month, prosecutors made several bombshell revelations.
When you're fighting against such a move, you put more cards on the table.
The DA's office went into painstaking detail about the evidence that they discovered on Josh's computer.
They revealed that they found the explicit images and videos hidden behind a fake program on Josh's laptop.
The password used to unlock the program was the same as the one Josh uses for his Instagram account.
Josh is accused of many things, but being a criminal mastermind is not one of them.
Even more incriminating was testimony from an employee of Josh's.
This was the individual who told investigators that Josh was the only one who ever used the laptop on which the evidence was found.
"Law enforcement determined that one of these individuals—identified as 'Witness #3' in the defendant’s motion—worked at the car lot and interviewed him," reads one filing from the prosecution.
"The individual told law enforcement that he began working at the defendant’s car lot in June 2019, that he did not access the internet at work."
"And that the computer in the office on the car lot belonged to and was only used by the defendant."
Josh had previously claimed that the photos and videos were stored on his computer by a discruntled employee who wanted him to be arrested.
It was always an unlikely story.
But just to be safe, investigators took steps to ensure that the witness they spoke with wasn't looking to frame Josh because of some personal grudge.
Standard due diligence.
"Law enforcement that he was very inexperienced with computers and did not have social media accounts," court documents read.
"After obtaining his consent, law enforcement manually reviewed the contents of the individual’s phone on scene without the use of a forensic tool."
Investigators "found no evidence of criminal activity on it, and returned the device to this individual."
Obviously, that's doesn't definitively prove that this witness isn't involved in an elaborate conspiracy to set Josh up.
But considering the fact that Josh is the only one making that claim, and there's no evidence to support it, investigators probably don't feel the need to waste much more time on it.
Nor will they be looking into Anna Duggar's claims that her husband has been framed by the Biden administration.
What they will do is continue creating an airtight case against the defendant.
A case that will hopefully undermine his lawyers' attempts to create confusion in the courtroom.
We don't want to jinx it -- but it sounds more and more like justice might actually be served in this case.
Even so, we can acknowledge that prosecutors may have an uphill battle.
The burden of proof is on them, not the defense. And Josh has a dedicated team of defense attorneys.
Of course, some of the Duggar family may believe that the literal devil is helping the prosecution, so maybe it evens out?
They haven't said as much, this time around.
However, in the past, some members of the family hinted at beliefs that Josh's molestation scandal was actually a form of spiritual warfare.
It's not clear if they believed that the molestation was the devil's work, or merely that it being exposed was an act of Lucifer meant to destroy the family.
It's likely that they believed both.
But since we are not part of a toxic cult, we can acknowledge that Josh is responsible for his own adult actions.
It's true that his parents wronged him in many ways as they have all of their children, but Josh has no one to blame for his arrest but himself.