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President Biden’s son Hunter loses bid to dismiss gun charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge in Delaware declined on Friday to dismiss gun possession charges Hunter Bidenone of the two criminal cases against Joe Biden‘s son as the Democratic US president ramps up his re-election campaign.

U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika in Wilmington ruled against Hunter Biden’s request to dismiss two counts of lying about his use of illegal narcotics when he bought a Colt Cobra pistol in 2018, and a third count of illegally possessing that weapon. to point out.

The ruling clears the way for a trial on the gun charges, tentatively scheduled to begin June 3 in Wilmington. Hunter Biden has pleaded not guilty.

Special counsel David Weiss filed the weapons charges in September, when Hunter Biden became the first child of a sitting president to be charged. He faced more than 20 years in prison if convicted on the weapons charges.

Republican candidate Donald Trump, who wants to regain the presidency in the November 5 US elections, is facing four criminal charges of his own.

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Hunter Biden’s lawyers had argued that the gun charges should be dismissed for several reasons, including that the law under which Hunter Biden was charged was likely unconstitutional after the U.S. Supreme Court expanded gun rights in a 2022 ruling that provided a tough new test to determine legality of firearm restrictions.

Biden’s legal team had also argued that Weiss was improperly appointed, that Hunter Biden was selectively prosecuted and that he had a binding agreement protecting him from prosecution.

Hunter Biden has also pleaded not guilty to federal tax crimes in a separate case brought by Weiss in California and faces up to 17 years in prison if convicted. That process starts on June 20.

The special counsel accused Hunter Biden of failing to pay $1.4 million in taxes between 2016 and 2019 while spending millions of dollars on drugs, escorts, exotic cars and other expensive items. U.S. District Judge Mark Scarsi denied Hunter Biden’s requests to dismiss the tax charges on April 1 in Los Angeles.

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(Reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware; Editing by Will Dunham)

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