April 15, 2024

Judge denies Hunter Biden's motions to dismiss

The judge overseeing one of Hunter Biden's criminal prosecutions has denied Biden's motions to have the charges dismissed.

In other words, the prosecution of Biden will now proceed.

NBC News reports that "Judge Maryellen Noreika denied all five of Biden’s motions" on Friday.

It seems that, despite how hard the White House and Biden have been trying to get rid of these charges, they are just not going away. And, the reason why is clear, these are legitimate prosecutions - not political persecutions, as Biden and his lawyer have claimed.

The charges

Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, is currently facing multiple prosecutions. This particular case is taking place in Delaware.

There, Biden has been indicted, by special counsel David Weiss, on gun charges.

ABC News reports:

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.

Whether or not one has fired a gun, though, does seem irrelevant when the charge has to do with obtaining a firearm under false pretenses.

ABC goes on to report that Biden and his legal team, last week, "filed a flurry of challenges to [the] indictment."

Motions DENIED

The outlet says that Biden and his attorney claimed, in the dismissal motions, that Weiss lacks the authority to bring such charges against him and that the indictment is the result of a selective and vindictive prosecution. They further claimed, according to ABC, that Biden has immunity from the charges under that plea deal that has been rejected.

Judge Noreika, however, was having none of it. She rejected all of Biden's arguments.

In part, the judge wrote:

At best, [Hunter Biden] has generically alleged that individuals from the prior administration were or are targeting him (or his father) and therefore his prosecution here must be vindictive. The problem with this argument is that the charging decision at issue was made during this administration -- by Special Counsel Weiss -- at a time when the head of the Executive Branch prosecuting Defendant is Defendant's father. Defendant's claim is effectively that his own father targeted him for being his son, a claim that is nonsensical under the facts here.

That has to hurt.

The trial is currently scheduled to begin on June 3. Biden has pled not guilty to all charges.

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