Hunter Biden’s Tax Trial Delayed to September Amid Legal Conflicts

Hunter Biden’s federal tax trial in Los Angeles has been rescheduled to Sept. 5 after a judge secured a promise from his defense team not to seek further delays.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Mark Scarsi means the 54-year-old will face trial while his father, President Joe Biden, engages in the second confirmed debate against former President Donald Trump.

Biden’s legal team, led by prominent DC attorney Abbe Lowell, requested the trial be postponed due to conflicts with an unrelated gun case in Delaware, set for trial on June 3. The defense argued that the “uniquely challenging and high-profile nature” of the cases made simultaneous preparation difficult.

Special counsel David Weiss’s team opposed the delay, arguing that media coverage should not hinder preparation for what they called a “straightforward tax case.”

“He is not above the rule of law and should be treated like any other defendant,” prosecutors stated in a court filing.

Hunter Biden faces six misdemeanor and three felony counts for allegedly failing to pay $1.4 million in federal income taxes from 2016 to 2019. Prosecutors allege he spent money on an “extravagant” lifestyle, including “drugs, escorts and girlfriends, luxury hotels and rental properties, exotic cars, clothing, and other items of a personal nature,” while neglecting his tax obligations, which have since been paid.

During the hearing, prosecutor Leo Wise insisted, “the time to try this case is now,” adding, “There’s a lot of noise around this case, but that doesn’t make it complex.”

Judge Scarsi acknowledged the defense’s concerns, stating, “the needs of a defendant outweigh the prejudice in moving” the trial, but emphasized, “in this court, we like to set schedules and keep them.”

In the Delaware case, Hunter Biden faces three weapons charges related to allegations of illegally owning a gun while addicted to crack cocaine. He has pleaded not guilty to all counts and denied any wrongdoing.

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