Arkansas judge threatens Hunter Biden with contempt, jail time, steep fines over non-compliance with prior court orders

June 9, 2023
by
Ben Marquis

Hunter Biden could soon end up in jail, though not because of the ongoing federal investigation into alleged tax and gun law violations being led by the U.S. Attorney in Delaware.

Rather, the president's son could wind up incarcerated for up to one year in relation to his child support case in Arkansas, Breitbart reported.

The judge presiding over that years-long paternity suit issued the threat of being held in contempt of court and sent to jail if he continued to fail to comply with a prior order to turn over relevant financial information.

Biden accused of not complying with judge's orders

The New York Sun reported on Wednesday that Arkansas' Independence County Circuit Judge Holly Meyer issued an order for Hunter Biden to appear in her Batesville courtroom on July 10 for a hearing in the ongoing dispute over the monthly child support payments he makes to the woman with whom he fathered a child in 2018.

Biden, who was previously ordered to pay $20,000 per month payments to the mother, Lunden Roberts, filed a motion in September 2022 to have those payments reduced to his claim of a "substantial material change" in his income that precluded him from continuing to make those payments.

During a prior court appearance in May, Judge Meyer had ordered Biden and his attorneys to fully comply with discovery requests from Roberts' attorneys, but since that time the attorneys for Roberts claimed that Biden has been "playing games with discovery" and is in "willful and contemptuous violation" of the court's orders to be fully transparent about his financial situation.

In a recent filing with the court, Roberts' attorneys wrote, "Mr. Biden does not want to disclose his income and assets, says that he is somewhat financially destitute, while he lives on a mountain overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, has Secret Service protection, and enjoys his time abroad."

Judge Meyer, in response to that filing, has now reiterated her order for Biden to turn over all "relevant financial information" in relation to the child support case and discovery requests, ordered him to appear in person in court again on July 10, and threatened several potential consequences for any further non-compliance.

Potential jail time and fines, automatic loss in case

According to the Arkansas Times, that July 10 hearing is just two weeks before an actual trial is set to commence in the dispute that includes not only Biden's request to reduce his child support payments but also his opposition to an effort by Roberts to legally change the child's last name to Biden.

Should Biden fail to show up for the July 10 hearing or turn over the requested financial information, Judge Meyer warned that he would be subject to being held in contempt and imprisoned for up to a year as well as face steep fines and other legal consequences.

The multiple punishments that Meyer listed in the order include six months in jail for being held in civil contempt of court, six months in jail for being held in criminal contempt of court, up to $20,000 in court costs and attorneys fees payable to Roberts, and another fine for being held in contempt.

The judge also warned that she would consider striking Biden's motions to reduce the child support payments and oppose the name change, which would be "consistent with the court’s long-standing ability to refuse to hear a party when he is in contempt for disobeying its order."

And, to top everything off, Meyer also let Biden know that his "'ability to pay' is or may become a critical issue in the contempt proceeding," as well as that he "is subject to an express finding by the court that he has the ability to pay."

Meanwhile, Breitbart noted that rumors are still swirling that Biden could soon face federal criminal charges in the U.S. Attorney's probe in Delaware, and is a central subject in the Republican-led House Oversight Committee's investigation of the alleged influence-peddling and dubious foreign business dealings of him and others in the Biden family.

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