I held off a day writing about seemingly irrelevant filings in the Hunter Biden paternity case in Independence County and was rewarded, if that’s the word, by yet another outlandish effort to shoehorn the case into national and international politics.
The former vice president’s son, whose personal life is a mess, to put it scientifically, is named in a suit seek to establish his paternity of the year-old child of Lunden Alexis Roberts of Independence County and to be ordered to pay child support.
A somewhat routine paternity case, but for celebrity of the defendant, has become a fixture in national media, cited by Donald Trump among others, in the course of efforts to linke Hunter Biden to improper intrigue as a what-about defense for Trump’s own misdeeds. Biden was paid a handsome sum as an advisder to a Ukraine gas company and also by Chinese interests.
Well. Dominic Casey, a Florida private investigator with a conroversial past has now twice, most recently last Friday, tried to “intervene” in the case to inject Biden’s business dealings. The first effort was rejected by Circuit Judge Don McSpadden. The second has again been objected to by Biden’s attorney Brent Langdon as a “scheme by a non-party simply to make scandalous allegations in the pending suit to gain media attention without any material or pertinent information.”
Monday afternoon came another motion to intervene, this a 30-page whopper of a conspiracy theory from Joel Caplan of Jerusalem, Israel. I won’t bother with details beyond saying he characterizes Biden as being involved in a Chinese stock swindle of “Biblical proportions.” I’d guess his odds at winning intervention are slim, but he’s already achieved international attention with extensive coverage of the filing in British tabloid coverage not long after the intervention motion hit public records in Independence County, Arkansas. Practicing law here without a license, I’d suggest there are more direct ways for people with valid financial claims against Hunter Biden to seek redress than intervention in an Arkansas paternity case.
I asked Clint Lancaster, attorney for Roberts along with his wife Jennifer Lancaster, if he planned to oppose the intervention motion by the private investigator. He provided a response, but not to a subsequent followup about the intervention request from Israel filed later in the day. I also asked about the investigator Casey’s assertion that he’d communicated with Lancaster about the case, including a claim that he’d provided the Lancaster firm electronic access Dec. 19 to Biden’s bank records.
Jennifer and I are still reviewing the motion to intervene. We are also still reviewing Mr. Biden’s response. At this time, we do not have a position on Mr. Casey’s motion to intervene.
Neither Jennifer nor I have had any material contact with Mr. Casey. The only contact we have had with Mr. Casey was to inform him that we would accept any service of process that he may have for Ms. Roberts after we received notice that his process server was searching for our client.
I do not have enough knowledge about Mr. Casey’s information to comment at this time other than to reiterate that our client has no knowledge of whether Hunter Biden violated any federal or state laws and sincerely hopes that he did not. She does not want Hunter Biden to go to prison. She continues to view this case as a family matter between her and Mr. Biden. At this point, she merely wants child support.
Lancaster also responded to my past mentions of his associations with Doyle and Barbara Webb, he the chairman of the state Republican Party and she a candidate for Arkanss Supreme Court, with Jennifer Lancaster as her campaign treasurer.
While others may see something political here, neither the Republican party nor any politician is involved at any level on the plaintiff’s side of this case.
A hearing in the case is set Jan. 7. Who knows who all might turn up?