Judge rejects Hunter Biden's request to avoid in-person court appearance

 September 21, 2023

A federal judge turned down Hunter Biden's request to avoid an in-person appearance for his arraignment on federal gun charges.

U.S. Magistrate Judge from the District of Delaware Christopher Burke shared the decision on Wednesday that will require the first son to appear in person.

The decision

“Moreover, in this matter, most of the criminal charges that Defendant now faces are new and were not addressed at his prior hearing in July 2023-such that this will be the first time they are discussed in court,” Burke wrote.

“The Court will also address Defendant’s pre-trial release conditions; while the Court expects it is likely that the currently-imposed conditions will remain in place, were either side to suggest alterations, the Court would want to be able to address that issue in person with the parties," he added.

The situation

"President Biden's son was charged by Special Counsel David Weiss with making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm; making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer; and one count of possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance," Fox News reported.

"Hunter's lawyers on Tuesday told the court the president's son is expected to plead not guilty, while requesting his first appearance take place on video conference — something Weiss' team opposed in a filing early Wednesday," it continued.

Coming Oct. 3

"Hunter Biden will appear on Oct. 3 in a federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, to face gun charges, a judge ordered on Wednesday, in the first-ever prosecution of a sitting U.S. president's child," Reuters reported.

"Noreika earlier on Wednesday had scheduled the hearing for Sept. 26, but moved the date to Oct. 3 following a request by Biden's lawyers, according to an order from the judge," it continued.

The gun charges carry a maximum sentence of up to 25 years in prison and fines of up to $750,000.

The case is in addition to an investigation by the House Oversight Committee involving allegations of bribes with international businesses concerning millions of dollars.

The case's outcome remains uncertain but it is now determined that Hunter Biden must appear in person for his upcoming court date.

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