Hunter Biden’s bid to halt gun charge trial denied by appellate court

A recent decision by a three-judge panel dealt a blow to Hunter Biden's legal maneuverings, refusing to halt a trial centered on allegations of falsifying information on a federal gun purchase form. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, comprising the panel, determined that Hunter Biden hadn't shown sufficient grounds to challenge the District Court's rulings prior to the final verdict.

The legal saga involves Hunter Biden contesting three pretrial directives issued on April 12, 2024, contesting motions to dismiss the indictment. The charges leveled against him include two counts of making false statements and one count of possessing a firearm while unlawfully using controlled substances.

Hunter Biden attempted to assert that an agreement struck by his legal team last year was intended to resolve the gun charges. However, the court held that such non-prosecution agreements didn't preclude the initiation of a trial. Furthermore, the order rebuffed assertions that special counsel David Weiss had been appointed inappropriately.

U.S. District Court Judge Maryellen Noreika, stationed in Delaware, issued an order mandating the commencement of Hunter Biden's trial on June 3, with a preliminary conference set for May 24. Biden's attorney, Abbe Lowell, hinted at the possibility of appealing the panel's decision to the entire appeals court.

This impending trial compounds Biden's legal predicaments, as he faces separate federal tax charges in California, scheduled for trial on June 20.

Written by Staff Reports

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