A federal judge denied a request from Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, regarding his arraignment next week on felony gun charges.
A lawyer for the president’s son argued in a court filing that Hunter Biden should not have to appear in person at his arraignment.
The filing said a virtual arraignment would “minimize an unnecessary burden on government resources and the disruption to the courthouse and downtown areas when a person protected by the Secret Service flies across the country and then must be transported to and from a downtown location.”
Hunter is currently living in California, while the arraignment will take place at a federal courthouse in Delaware.
His lawyer, Abbe Lowell, also said Biden would “enter a plea of not guilty, and there is no reason why he cannot utter those two words by video conference.”
However, U.S. Magistrate Judge Christopher J. Burke disagreed.
“Defendant should not receive special treatment in this matter,” he wrote in an order requiring Biden to appear in person. “Any other defendant would be required to attend his or her initial appearance in person. So too here.”
The judge scheduled the arraignment for the morning of September 26th.
President’s Son Faces Felony Gun Charges
Hunter was indicted on three counts of felony gun charges related to possession of a gun while using narcotics.
Two of the counts accuse him of lying on a federal form indicating he was not using drugs when he bought a Colt Cobra revolver in October 2018. The indictments states he certified that “he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, and any other controlled substance, when in fact, as he knew, that statement was false and fictitious.”
The third count alleges he possessed a firearm while using a narcotic.
Two of the counts carry maximum sentences of 10 years in prison while the other carries a maximum of 5 years. Each count also carries a maximum fine of $250,000.
At the time, Hunter’s lawyer said the charges are politically influenced.