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Hunter Biden’s request to appear in court by video rejected by judge

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A federal judge has ordered Hunter Biden to appear in court for his arraignment on federal gun charges, despite his requests to hold his first hearing virtually.

President Biden’s son was charged by special counsel David Weiss with making a false statement when purchasing a firearm; making a false statement regarding information required to be maintained by a federally licensed firearms dealer; and one count of possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance.

Hunter Biden’s lawyers told the court Tuesday that the president’s son should plead not guilty, while requesting that his first appearance take place via video conference — something Weiss’ team objected to in a filing Wednesday.

On Wednesday afternoon, however, U.S. District Judge for the District of Delaware Christopher Burke denied Biden’s request, saying he should not receive special treatment.

“Ultimately, the Court agrees with Defendant and the Government that Defendant should not receive special treatment in this case – barring unusual circumstances, he should be treated like any other defendant before this Court,” Burke said in the filing.

Hunter Biden’s court appearance is scheduled for September 26 at 10:00 a.m. in Delaware.

This is a developing story. Please check again for updates.

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