Hunter Biden’s legal fight took a big turn this week when the judge in charge of his case officially dropped the first gun charge against him. This event comes at the end of a long line of legal processes and talks.
It was planned that the president’s son would plead guilty to the gun charge in July as a part of a deal, but that deal fell through. This week, a federal judge officially dropped the first gun charge.
“In a one-page ruling this week, the United States District Judge Maryellen Noreika approved Special Counsel David Weiss’s request to voluntarily drop his original weapons charge because of the fact that a three-count federal charge had been filed against President Biden’s grown son this past month.”
“Biden, 53, was charged in September with one count of having a gun while illegally using or hooked to a controlled drug and two counts of lying while buying the gun. He said he wasn’t guilty.”
“In its motion filed October 4, Weiss along with his deputies asked Noreika to dismiss the original firearms charge ‘without prejudice.'”
Weiss, a U.S. attorney for Delaware nominated by Trump, was appointed the special counsel to lead the probe into Hunter’s many problems. Hunter continues to face new gun-related charges that were submitted in September. He has said that he is not guilty of these claims.
The defense and prosecutors have fought over that accusation before. During the July 26 plea meeting, Judge Noreika questioned Weiss’s lawyers about the plea deal’s legality. At first, they planned to drop the first gun charge. The most important question was whether Hunter would never be charged with any other crimes again.
At first, it was thought that Hunter would enter a plea of guilty to small tax charges. This would keep him from going to jail on the gun possession charge. Hunter is now facing a three-count federal charge because the deal fell through.
Hunter’s gun charges have gotten a lot of attention across the country, especially from people who argue about gun rights and gun control. Some people who don’t like the rule that Hunter is being charged under say that it goes against the Second Amendment. People who say this say that the government shouldn’t be able to stop someone from having a gun just because they’re addicted to drugs.
It’s interesting that this case might be important, and not just because Hunter happens to be the son of President Biden. It might also set a standard that could lead to the end of the law that makes it illegal for certain people to own guns. When the Supreme Court ruled in New York Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen this past year, it made it possible for people who support gun rights to overturn many gun laws across the country. Hunter’s lawyer said he would use the Bruen decision in his defense, which is a strange turn of events given how strongly the president is against guns.