On Tuesday, it was revealed that Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, will plead not guilty to charges of making false statements about his addiction to crack cocaine when he bought a gun in 2018, according to his lawyer in a court filing.
Abbe Lowell, the attorney for the 53-year-old son of the president, made the disclosure in a letter requesting that U.S. Magistrate Judge Christopher Burke waive the requirement that Hunter appear in person for his arraignment.
“No matter whether in person or virtual, he will waive reading of the indictment, which is merely a few pages and could easily be read at a video conference,” Lowell wrote. “Mr. Biden also will enter a plea of not guilty, and there is no reason why he cannot utter those two words by video conference.”
Hunter Biden faces three counts in the upcoming court case. In the first count regarding a false statement in purchase of a firearm, Biden faces a maximum of 10 years’ imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, three years of supervised release and a special assessment of $100.
In another count, he was charged with making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer, in which he faces a maximum of five years’ imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, three years of supervised release and a special assessment of $100.
Finally, Biden was charged with possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance, and he faces a maximum of 10 years’ imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, three years of supervised release and a special assessment of $100.
Hunter Biden had previously been offered a plea deal in connection to other charges, in which he promised to plead guilty to failing to pay taxes in 2018 and 2019. However, the plea deal would have protected him from prosecution for other charges, and was referred to as a “sweetheart deal” by many legal experts and bashed by conservative voices.
The judge in the case ended up questioning and scrutinizing portions of the deal, leading to the plea deal being withdrawn and Biden pleading not guilty.
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