Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Judge Denies Hunter Biden's Attempt to Dismiss Federal Gun Charges; Hunter Biden’s ‘nonsensical’ Bid to Dismiss Federal Gun Case Rejected: ‘Belied by facts’

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Judge denies Hunter Biden's attempt to dismiss federal gun charges:
The ruling all but ensures a trial will move forward this summer.
A judge in Delaware has denied attempts by President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden to dismiss three federal gun charges, all but ensuring a trial will move forward this summer.
Attorneys for Hunter Biden in December filed a flurry of challenges to an indictment brought by special counsel David Weiss, challenging Weiss' authority to file charges and claiming the indictment came as the result of a selective and vindictive prosecution.
Defense attorneys also argued that an immunity provision tethered to Hunter Biden's ill-fated plea agreement remained in effect.
Prosecutors say Hunter Biden lied on a federal form about his drug use when he obtained a Colt Cobra 38SPL revolver in 2018, after he later acknowledged in his memoir, "Beautiful Things," that he was addicted to drugs around that time. He owned the firearm for eleven days and never fired it, his attorneys have said.
Weiss' office in January pushed back on Hunter Biden's efforts to dismiss the case, calling his various arguments "absurd," "stunningly weak and wholly unsupported by facts and law," and "a fiction designed for a Hollywood script."
On Friday, Judge Maryellen Noreika sided with prosecutors, ensuring that the case will move forward to trial, which is tentatively scheduled to begin in early June. --->READ MORE HERE
Hunter Biden’s ‘nonsensical’ bid to dismiss federal gun case rejected: ‘Belied by facts’:
A federal judge in Delaware on Friday denied an effort by Hunter Biden to have gun charges against him dismissed, rejecting the first son’s claim that the case is politically motivated.
Lawyers for President Biden’s embattled 54-year-old son had asked US District Judge Maryellen Noreika last December to throw out his felony firearm possession charge and the two related false statement charges brought by special counsel David Weiss.
The first son’s attorneys argued the case against their client is a “selective and vindictive prosecution” and “a breach of separation of powers” because special counsel “buckled under political pressure” from former President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans.
Noreika did not find the argument convincing, blasting Hunter Biden’s claim as “nonsensical.”
“To the extent that Defendant’s claim that he is being selectively prosecuted rests solely on him being the son of the sitting President, that claim is belied by the facts,” Noreika wrote in her 26-page ruling.
The judge noted that it was ultimately the Biden Justice Department that brought charges against Hunter and that Attorney General Merrick Garland – who elevated Weiss to special counsel – was appointed by and reports to Joe Biden.
“Defendant’s claim is effectively that his own father targeted him for being his son, a claim that is nonsensical under the facts here,” Noreika wrote. --->READ MORE HERE
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