Hunter Biden requests delay in federal gun trial

by | May 20, 2024

Hunter Biden has requested a delay in his federal gun case, asking an appeals court to pause the trial set to begin next month in Delaware.

His defense attorneys argue that there is no urgent need to start the trial on June 3, as scheduled by the overseeing federal judge. They also point out the close timing of the Delaware trial and another upcoming trial on tax charges in California.

Biden's lawyers are seeking a full hearing by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider their bid to dismiss the prosecution. This request follows a three-judge panel's decision, which did not address the merits of Biden's claims but stated that the court lacks jurisdiction to review the matter.

Biden's lawyers are appealing a separate decision by U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika, who rejected their argument that the gun case violates the Second Amendment.

Concurrently, Hunter Biden is charged in a tax case in California, with a tentative trial date in late June. The tax charges allege that he failed to pay at least $1.4 million in taxes over three years while living an extravagant lifestyle during a period of drug use. Hunter is challenging rulings that denied his motions to dismiss these charges.

Hunter has also requested that the start of his tax evasion trial, originally set for June 20, be moved to September 5. His legal team argued that preparing for the tax trial would be “exceedingly difficult” since he is also scheduled for trial in Delaware on June 3 to face charges of allegedly possessing a firearm while using drugs. Hunter Biden has pleaded not guilty to both charges.


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