Hunter Biden, son of U.S. President Joe Biden, arrives at federal courtroom to plead responsible to 2 misdemeanor prices of willfully failing to pay earnings taxes, Wilmington, Delaware, July 26, 2023.
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Hunter Biden will plead not responsible throughout his preliminary court look for 3 federal felony gun prices, his lawyer stated Tuesday as he denied that the son of President Joe Biden is asking for “special treatment” at his first courtroom look in the case.
Hunter’s lawyer Abbe Lowell revealed that deliberate plea as he requested a choose to carry the courtroom look by video convention as a substitute of in particular person at U.S. District Court in Wilmington, Delaware.
Biden, who lives in California, “will waive reading of the indictment, which is merely a few pages and could easily be read at a video conference,” Lowell wrote in a two-page letter to Judge Christopher Burke.
“Mr. Biden also will enter a plea of not guilty, and there is no reason why he cannot utter those two words by video conference,” Lowell wrote.
The courtroom look has not but been scheduled.
Biden, 53, was indicted final week on three prison counts associated to his possession of a firearm whereas being an illegal drug person.
Biden, who has been open about his substance abuse struggles, is charged with two counts of mendacity about his unlawful drug use in connection together with his buy of a Colt Cobra revolver. The third depend accuses him of possession of a firearm by an individual who’s an illegal drug person.
Lowell wrote in Tuesday’s letter that Biden was “not seeking any special treatment” by requesting the video convention for his first look in courtroom on the costs.
Conducting the courtroom listening to through video would “minimize an unnecessary burden on government resources and the disruption to the courthouse and downtown areas” in Wilmington from Secret Service brokers accompanying Biden, Lowell argued.
“Without getting into specifics, numerous agents and vehicles are required for what would have to be a two-day event (for a proceeding that may be very short in duration),” the lawyer wrote.
Federal prosecutors oppose Biden’s bid for a digital look, the choose famous in a courtroom order Monday that directed them to reply by Wednesday.
Lowell’s letter referred to as prosecutors’ opposition “puzzling,” arguing that he was making a “common-sense request in seeking a video appearance.
Biden in late July pleaded not guilty to separate misdemeanor charges of failing to pay federal taxes on more than $1.5 million in annual income in 2017 and 2018.
He had intended to plead guilty to those charges, but his deal with prosecutors fell apart in court under scrutiny from a judge.
Biden also expected to enter into a pretrial diversion agreement on a gun-related crime at that time that could have seen him avoid being criminally charged with a firearm count if he complied with the deal’s conditions for two years.
After the plea deal on the tax charges collapsed, U.S. Attorney David Weiss said that the gun charge diversion agreement had been withdrawn.
But Lowell argues that the deal took effect and thus bars Biden from being charged with the gun crimes. Lowell also has said the charges are unconstitutional as a result of a 2022 Supreme Court ruling knocking down a New York gun law. All six conservatives on the Supreme Court, three of whom were appointed by former President Donald Trump, voted in favor of that decision.
Lowell noted in a court filing earlier this month that Biden “has been following and can proceed to observe the circumstances of that Agreement.”