Hunter Biden’s Law License Suspended in Wake of Conviction

Hunter Biden’s Law License Suspended in Wake of Conviction
Hunter Biden (R), son of President Joe Biden, exits the J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building in Wilmington, Del., on June 10, 2024. (Ryan Collerd/AFP via Getty Images)

A court in Washington on June 25 suspended the law license of Hunter Biden after he was convicted of three federal felonies.

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals ordered Mr. Biden’s license suspended immediately, rendering him legally unable to represent clients in the nation’s capital, and directed the D.C. Bar’s Board on Professional Responsibility to launch an investigation into Mr. Biden.

A lawyer for Mr. Biden, 54, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A jury in Delaware earlier in June convicted Mr. Biden of lying on an application to buy a firearm when he claimed he was not a drug user or addict. Mr. Biden said in his memoir that he was using drugs at the time he bought the gun. He was also convicted of illegally possessing the firearm he purchased.

The Office of the Disciplinary Counsel, which investigates cases against members of the D.C. Bar, recommended after the conviction the D.C. Court of Appeals suspend Mr. Biden.

The office pointed to bar rules that say felonies constitute “serious crimes” and that attorneys found guilty of a serious crime, or who enter a no contest to a charge of a serious crime, shall be immediately suspended by the court.

D.C. code states that when a final judgment of a conviction is certified to a court, “the name of the member of the bar so convicted shall be struck from the roll of the members of the bar and such person shall thereafter cease to be a member.”

The only exception is if a pardon is issued, according to the code.

President Joe Biden has said that he accepts the jury’s verdict in his son’s case and that he will not pardon his son or commute his sentence.

A notice of the recommendation from the office was provided to Abbe Lowell, a lawyer who represented Mr. Biden in the case, according to the office.

Mr. Biden graduated from Yale Law School in 1996 and has held a law license in Washington since April 9, 2007. He is still listed on the bar website as of June 25 as a member in good standing.

Mr. Biden faces up to 25 years in prison for the felonies, although under sentencing recommendations he will likely receive a much shorter sentence.

Mr. Biden also faces three felonies and six misdemeanors in California for allegedly intentionally failing to pay taxes for several years. Mr. Biden, who has pleaded not guilty, is scheduled to go on trial on those charges in September.

Motion for New Trial

Mr. Lowell, meanwhile, in a filing on Monday requested a new trial for the firearms charges.

Mr. Lowell said that the trial wrongly took place even though a federal appeals court, which dismissed Mr. Biden’s appeals, did not formally clear the trial court to proceed.

“Naturally, any district court action taken after it has been divested of jurisdiction by an appeal must be vacated,” Mr. Lowell and other members of Mr. Biden’s legal team wrote in the filing, which was lodged with the federal court in Delaware that held the trial.

Attempts to seek dismissal of the charges, centered on arguments that the law which Mr. Biden was accused of violating was too vague and therefore unconstitutional, and that the law violated his rights under the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment, were rejected by the trial court and the appeals court before the trial.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit denied the attempts, Mr. Biden’s lawyers acknowledged, but the court “did not then and has not yet issued its mandate as to the orders dismissing either appeal” they said, meaning “when this court empaneled the jury on June 3, 2024 and proceeded to trial, it was without jurisdiction to do so.”

From The Epoch Times