According to Hunter Biden’s attorneys, he will be unable to appear in court due to a combination of the coronavirus, his wife’s pregnancy, and the media.
While the rest of us have to go about our normal duties, Hunter Biden is specifically requesting exemption from legal requirements mostly because of the viral outbreak.
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Fox News reported:
Hunter Biden's attorneys have abruptly asked the Arkansas judge in his ongoing paternity case to postpone his scheduled March 11 deposition until after Election Day, saying the coronavirus outbreak, his wife's "imminent due date" and "intense media scrutiny" all pose a risk of "personal endangerment" for the former vice president's son.
Additionally, Biden's legal team argues he should not be held in contempt for failing to turn over a slew of financial documents related to child support. Republicans have said the information could contain damaging evidence of the younger Biden's overseas business dealings and possible corruption.
"Defendant's wife's due date is imminent," Biden's request for continuance reads. "Defendant will supplement this motion as soon as possible with an affidavit of his wife's treating physician."
Additionally, "it is unsafe for the Defendant to travel, as travel restrictions have been implemented both domestically and internationally, particularly on airlines, due to the Coronavirus. Setting aside personal endangerment, Defendant reasonably believes that such travel unnecessarily exposes his wife and unborn child to this virus."
Coverage from various media outlets -- including Fox News, The New York Times, NPR and The New York Post -- has led to "physical risks and logistics difficulties with travel to Arkansas," the motion continues.
It notes that Biden has already agreed to pay an undisclosed monthly amount of child support, retroactive to November 2018. That agreement came only after Independence County Circuit Court Judge Holly Meyer threatened to hold him in contempt, and led to a brief suspension in contempt proceedings. However, Meyer emphasized that she still had "insufficient" documentation to determine Biden's financial capacity to support the child.
The Washington Examiner had this to add:
Biden and his wife are renting a 2,000-square-foot home in the Hollywood Hills. Los Angeles County had 19 confirmed cases of coronavirus as of Tuesday afternoon.
The former vice president’s son agreed to take a paternity test in October after Lunden Alexis Roberts, an Arkansas woman, claimed he fathered her 18-month-old child. The child, whose name has not been disclosed, was born Aug. 28, 2018.
Biden denied publicly that he had fathered the child, but Roberts said he had admitted otherwise to her in private. A DNA test later indicated that Biden was the father.
Joe Biden, the 2020 Democratic presidential front-runner, has continued traveling around the country to campaign ahead of key voting contests. The 77-year-old former vice president is in an age group particularly vulnerable to coronavirus.