Hunter Biden to plead not guilty to gun and false statements charges
- Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, will plead not guilty to charges of lying about being addicted to crack cocaine when he bought a gun in 201816.
- The charges against Hunter Biden include one count of false statement in the purchase of a firearm, one count of making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer, and one count of possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance16.
- Hunter Biden's lawyer, Abbe Lowell, has requested that his client be allowed to waive the requirement that he appear in person for his arraignment and instead enter his plea via video conference1.
- The case is unusual, as only about 5% of people sentenced for illegal gun possession in 2021 were charged due to drug use2.
- The case highlights the importance of transparency and accountability in the legal system, particularly in high-profile cases involving public figures7.