Hunter Biden Seeks Delay in Upcoming Federal Gun Trial

Biden's legal battles intensify amid judicial and public scrutiny.

by Nouman Rasool
Hunter Biden Seeks Delay in Upcoming Federal Gun Trial
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Hunter Biden has requested a postponement in his impending federal gun trial, appealing to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to delay the Delaware trial initially scheduled for June 3. Defense lawyers for the president's son argue there is no immediate necessity for the trial to commence on the specified date.

This request comes amid preparations for another legal battle, a tax-related trial in California. Hunter Biden, often in the spotlight because of his past drug addiction problems or current problems with the same, entered a not-guilty plea for charges saying he lied about his drug use on a firearms purchase form back in October 2018.

His legal team argues that despite being addicted to crack cocaine at the time, he didn't violate any laws when he acquired and possessed a firearm for approximately 11 days.

Legal Appeals Escalate

The legal team is pursuing an en banc review by the 3rd Circuit, following a dismissal by a three-judge panel which declined to address the substantive merits of Biden's arguments, citing lack of jurisdiction.

Additionally, they are appealing a decision by U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika, which rejected a constitutional challenge to the case based on the Second Amendment. These developments are set against the backdrop of what was nearly a concluded plea agreement last year, which fell apart after judicial scrutiny.

This led to Biden's indictment, under which he would have faced two years' probation in exchange for a guilty plea to misdemeanor tax charges, while avoiding prosecution on the gun charge contingent upon his compliance with the law.

The collapse of the plea deal and subsequent indictment have been controversial, with Biden's attorneys claiming that the decision to prosecute was influenced by political pressures, particularly from figures like Donald Trump and other Republican critics.

They have also contested the appointment of David Weiss, the Delaware U.S. Attorney, as special counsel overseeing the case. Prosecutors maintain that the evidence against Biden is compelling, including findings of cocaine residue in the bag where his firearm was kept.

Judge Noreika, a Trump appointee, has dismissed defense suggestions that the indictment was politically motivated, labeling them as mere speculation.