As most of you know, Hunter Biden's indictment on gun charges finally came through.
His arraignment hearing is quickly approaching, and Hunter was hoping to avoid the perp walk.
Unfortunately, for Hunter, the judge ruled against him.
Hunter was hit with three felony gun charges by Special Counsel David Weiss.
Two of the charges were for lying on the forms, and the third charge was for illegally possessing a firearm.
Two of the charges carry a possible 10-year sentence, and the third charge carries a 5-year sentence. If Hunter is found guilty, we would expect him to receive a minimum sentence on the charges, as well as the sentences running concurrently.
Hunter was hoping to avoid an in-person appearance in court, as it is all but assured to be a media frenzy when he arrives for the hearing.
Typically, the defendant must appear in person for the first hearing, but Hunter had requested a video appearance.
After the request had been made, Judge Burke issued an order for arguments:
“The Court, understanding that Defendant seeks to have the initial appearance on the Indictment in this matter held via video conference, and understanding that the government opposes that request, hereby ORDERS as follows: (1) By no later than September 19, 2023, Defendant shall make any such request to the court in writing by filing a one-page motion to that effect, along with an accompanying letter brief not to exceed two single-spaced pages.; and (2) By no later than September 20, 2023, the Government may file an answering letter brief of no more than two single-spaced pages.”
Both sides presented their arguments, but Judge Burke ultimately rejected Biden's plea for convenience.
The ruling stated:
“In the end, the Court agrees with both Defendant … and the Government … that Defendant should not receive special treatment in this matter – absent some unusual circumstance, he should be treated just as would any other defendant in our Court. Any other defendant would be required to attend his or her initial appearance in person. So too here."
With such a high-profile case, the court cannot even have a hint of favoritism, and what Hunter was asking for here was well beyond the norm.
Regardless, his attorney, Abbe Lowell, had a hissy fit after the decision was handed down.
"Hunter Biden possessing an unloaded gun for 11 day [sic] was not a threat to public safety, but a prosecutor, with all the power imaginable, bending to political pressure presents a grave threat to our system of justice."
"We believe these charges are barred by the agreement the prosecutors made with Mr. Biden, the recent rulings by several federal courts that this statute is unconstitutional, and the facts that he did not violate that law, and we plan to demonstrate all of that in court."
So, first, let me address the Lowell statement.
There is no proof that the gun was loaded or unloaded, but the fact of the matter is that Hunter never should have had the gun in the first place.
He is a drug addict and clearly lied on his purchase forms, which is a felony.
People go to jail for this all the time, including celebrities, such as rapper Kodak Black, who was sentenced to 46 months in prison for jumbling his social security number and checking the wrong box regarding felonies on his forms.
In terms of that agreement, the so-called agreement he claims to have was nullified the moment that Hunter Biden pleaded not guilty in his previous trial.
Not to mention the fact that the judge had rejected the plea deal, which means it was never officially in play.
Hunter does not get special treatment here because his last name is Biden, even though prosecutors were doing everything in their power to do just that prior to the plea deal being shot down by the judge.
Hunter broke the law and has done it several times, but Daddy was usually able to bail him out. Hopefully, this time will be different.