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Federal Judge Deals Blow to Hunter Biden, Rules Against 8 Motions

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Hunter Biden tax evasion case

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The federal tax evasion case against Hunter Biden has garnered significant attention, with a federal judge recently denying his motions to dismiss the nine-count tax indictment. A US district court judge denied eight motions from Hunter Biden’s legal team seeking to dismiss his federal tax evasion case. The motions included arguments that Biden was targeted due to his father’s political position.

No evidence

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However, the judge said one motion provided no evidence and that politicians often take credit for things they didn’t influence. “[T]he defense omits one thing from its argument: actual evidence,” U.S. District Judge Mark Scarsi said.

Hunter’s team

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Hunter’s team “fail[ed] to present a reasonable inference, let alone clear evidence, of discriminatory effect and discriminatory purpose,” Scarsi wrote. “But politicians take credit for many things over which they have no power and have made no impact,” Scarsi said. “As counsel conceded at the hearing, just because someone says they influenced a prosecutorial decision does not mean that they did.”

Stinging rebuke

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A law professor said this was a “stinging rebuke” as the defense provided no actual evidence. The judge also rejected the argument that special counsel prosecution meant targeting, as Hunter likely received special treatment by not facing more serious charges or jail time.

Victim

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“Hunter Biden has been arguing that he is the victim of selective prosecution despite a documented history of receiving special treatment as the son of the President,” law professor Jonathan Turley wrote. “However, he has proven a key witness against himself in swatting down defenses raised by his counsel and publishing self-incriminating facts in his book.”

Major crimes

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“The filings also did not address the fact that the Justice Department not only allowed the statute of limitations to run on major crimes, but sought to finalize an obscene plea agreement with no jail time for Hunter,” he added.

Fell apart

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“It only fell apart when a judge decided to ask a couple of cursory questions of the prosecutor, who admitted that he had never seen an agreement this generous for a defendant.”

Hunter’s attorney

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Hunter’s attorney disagreed with the dismissals, maintaining the investigation was abnormal. His legal challenges will continue ahead of a status conference in May and currently scheduled gun charges trial in June.

Strongly disagree

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“We strongly disagree with the Court’s decision and will continue to vigorously pursue Mr. Biden’s challenges to the abnormal way the Special Counsel handled this investigation and charged this case,” said Biden attorney Abbe Lowell.

Judge Mark Scarsi’s

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U.S. District Judge Mark Scarsi’s rejection of Hunter Biden’s eight motions to dismiss the nine-count criminal tax case signifies a pivotal development in the legal proceedings. The denial paves the way for a trial, scheduled to commence in June, intensifying the legal scrutiny surrounding the tax charges.

Federal prosecutors

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Federal prosecutors have accused Hunter Biden of engaging in a “four-year scheme” to evade paying at least $1.4 million in federal taxes. The charges encompass felonies and misdemeanors related to his alleged failure to file and pay taxes, evasion of assessment, and filing a false or fraudulent tax return. If convicted, he could face a maximum penalty of 17 years in prison.

Biden’s legal team

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Hunter Biden’s legal team alleged that the tax charges were politically motivated, emphasizing purported irregularities in the handling of the investigation and the charging of the case. The intersection of legal proceedings with allegations of political influence has amplified the political scrutiny surrounding the case.

Legal saga

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The legal saga involving Hunter Biden has become a focal point for Republicans, who assert that the case reflects corruption within the Biden family. These contentions have positioned the tax evasion case as a subject of intense political debate, prompting calls for further investigations and raising questions about its potential impact on President Biden’s administration.

Tax charges

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Hunter Biden’s defense team contended that the tax charges violated a legally binding diversion agreement made last year. However, the court found that the proposed agreement had not been approved by the U.S. Office of Probation and had not yet gone into effect, ultimately dismissing the immunity provision as grounds for dismissal.

Biden’s arguments

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Federal prosecutors rebuffed Hunter Biden’s arguments to dismiss the charges, characterizing his contentions as a “house of cards” and dismissing the claims of unlawful appointment of the special counsel. The legal rebuttals underscore the intensity of the legal maneuvering and the complexity of the arguments put forth by both sides.

Legal scrutiny

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The federal tax evasion case involving Hunter Biden stands at the nexus of legal scrutiny and political implications, reflecting the intricate dynamics of the legal landscape and the broader political discourse.

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