Jill Duggar’s husband Derick Dillard, 32, said that he is ‘praying for justice this morning’ as he headed to court to hear lawyers’ closing arguments today in his brother-in-law Josh’s trial on child pornography charges.
Derick, who has been present for every day of the trail, fired off the damning tweet just after 8:30 a.m. local time in Arkansas, not long before he was seen arriving at the Washington County courthouse.
Derick, who graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law in May, has been one of the most vocal members of the family in condemning Josh, saying earlier this year that ‘obviously if there is anything there related to child pornography, we hope that justice is done.’
After sending off the tweet this morning — is first about the trial since it began — Derick was pictured arriving at court hand-in-hand with his wife Jill, 30, who had not sat through any other day of the trial.
Jill had been listed as a potential witness, likely because she has previously spoken out about how Josh molested her when she was a child — though she was ultimately not called upon to testify.
Jill Duggar’s husband Derick Dillard, 32, said that he is ‘praying for justice this morning’
Derick, who has been present for every day of the trail, fired off the damning tweet just after 8:30 a.m. local time in Arkansas, not long before he was seen arriving at the courthouse
Derick’s tweet today was the first since the trial began, and comes after Derick sat through every day of testimony since last Tuesday
Derick’s tweet today was the first since the trial began, and comes after Derick sat through every day of testimony since last Tuesday.
It has been met with support, including from Jill’s cousin Amy Duggar King, who tweeted at him: ‘Praying as well. Lord may justice be served ice cold.’
‘JUSTICE FOR THE CHILDREN,’ she wrote in another tweet.
According to several sources present in the courtroom, Derick has spent the days in court sitting with other members of the Duggar family, and even spoke to Josh’s wife, Anna.
However, yesterday he had what The Sun described as an ‘awkward run-in’ with Jill’s father, Jim Bob, of whom he has been vocally critical.
Jim Bob was in court supporting his son for the first time yesterday, and the outlet reported that he briefly passed Derick and said ‘hello.’
And though Derick had sat near Anna throughout the trial, with Jim Bob there, he moved to another row to sit with other family members.
Today, Jill and Derick reportedly sat near her father and spoke to him, and The Sun reported that Josh even entered the gallery to hug Jill and shake Derick’s hand.
Jill and Derick were on hand to hear lawyers’ closing arguments today in his brother-in-law Josh’s trial on child pornography charges (Josh pictured with his wife Anna today)
Derick was pictured arriving at court hand-in-hand with his wife Jill, 30, who had not sat through any other day of the trial
Jill had been listed as a potential witness, likely because she has spoken out about how Josh molested her when she was a child, though she was ultimatley not called upon to testify
The couple appeared somber as they arrived, with Jill photographed in a camel coat and her new blonde hair on display
She also wore a pair of necklaces that appear to have been made by her children, Israel and Sameul. One, with letter beads, spells out her name
Jill’s cousin Amy Duggar King replied, tweeting at him: ‘Praying as well. Lord may justice be served ice cold’
Derick and Jill walked hand in hand as they entered the courthouse on Wednesday, Jill sporting a new blonde hairdo she got last week, as well as necklaces that appear to be to have been made by her sons, Israel and Samuel.
Though it is her first time entering the courthouse, she was pictured by DailyMail.com dropping Derick off yesterday.
Jill and brother Jedidiah, 22, were on a list of potential witnesses presented during jury selection, though she was not called upon to testify.
In fact, Josh’s lawyers have even tried to cast doubt on whether he molested Jill and four other minors at all — even though Jill, her sister Jessa, and their parents Jim Bob and Michelle all spoke to Megyn Kelly on Fox News about it in 2015.
In court filings, Josh’s lawyers tried to get information about the molestation banned from the trial, insisting that it is ‘unclear’ if the ‘uncharged allegations actually constitute a crime’ of sexual assault in the second degree ‘under Arkansas state law.’
They asserted that the police report, which was leaked by inTouch in 2015, is ‘heavily redacted’ and ‘includes no names or dates of birth of anyone involved’ — which they say makes it ‘exceedingly difficult for anyone, much less this Court … to determine whether Duggar actually committed the acts alleged’ in the police report.
Jill made a rare brief appearance outside court Tuesday while dropping off husband Derick, though she didn’t go in
DailyMail.com spotted the reality star pulling up to John Paul Hammerschmidt courthouse where her relatives have been supporting her older sibling who is facing 40 years in prison
The mom-of-two, who is the second-eldest daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, did not join her relatives in the courtroom and drove off shortly after
They also said that even if the acts were committed, they may not have ‘constituted a crime.
Yet speaking to Megyn Kelly in 2015, Jill confirmed that she was 12 when Josh ‘inappropriately touched’ her, to use Megyn’s words.
At the time, though, Jill maintained on television that Josh only touched her outside of her clothes, and that it was done while she was asleep. Using similar phrases as her parents, she said that she didn’t even know that it had happened until Josh confessed to their parents, and their parents told her.
But her actions since have hinted at something else.
In February, Jill told Us Weekly about the importance of teaching her sons about about their bodies and sex ‘in an effort to protect them.’
‘We definitely want our kids also to have the ability to protect themselves,’ Jill said. ‘Knowledge is power and you would be amazed at a three and five-year-old — our kids now — just learning about their body.’
Derick said in a statement earlier this year that ‘obviously if there is anything there related to child pornography, we hope that justice is done’
Derick graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law in May. He and Jill are pictured with their sons
Derick’s tweet is a rare public statement since the trial began on November 30.
Though several family members had made statements following Josh’s arrest in April, Derick and Jill’s condemnation was one of the clearest.
‘We’re very sad about the whole thing, it’s horrible. It’s all very sad. Josh’s wife Anna is pregnant with their seventh child, I cannot imagine how she is feeling,’ they told The Sun.
Derick said that ‘obviously if there is anything there related to child pornography, we hope that justice is done’.
‘I don’t think anybody supports child pornography. We’re sad for Anna, put yourself in her situation and imagine how you would feel if that happened with your family member. I imagine it would be really hard,’ he added.
Patriarch Jim Bob seen smiling as he entered the courthouse today (pictured) and yesterday, while most of his children have shown serious facial expressions outside the courthouse
Jim Bob is currently running for Arkansas State Senate and has promoted his campaign on social media during the trial (pictured yesterday)
Jim Bob told a reporter yesterday: ‘We just want the truth to come out. And we appreciate your prayers for our family’
Meanwhile, only Jim Bob has spoken to the press since the trial began last week, telling KNWA/FOX24 yesterday: ‘We just want the truth to come out. And we appreciate your prayers for our family.’
Back in April, he and his wife, Michelle, had shared a similar statement about truth and prayers.
‘We appreciate your continued prayers for our family at this time. The accusations brought against Joshua today are very serious. It is our prayer that the truth, no matter what it is, will come to light, and that this will all be resolved in a timely manner. We love Josh and Anna and continue to pray for their family,’ they said.
Jim Bob is currently running for Arkansas State Senate and has promoted his campaign on social media during the trial.
He was also seen smiling as he entered the courthouse today and yesterday, while most of his children and children-in-law have shown serious facial expressions outside the courthouse.
The father-of-19 was subpoenaed to give evidence at a pre-trial hearing but was ditched as a possible witness after insisting on the stand that he could barely remember anything about the molestation scandal that led to his family’s reality show, 19 Kids and Counting, being canceled in 2015.