Circuit Judge Holly Meyer today informed lawyers in the Hunter Biden paternity case that she’s prepared to declare him the father of the year-old child of Lunden Alexis Roberts of Independence County.
In a letter (above), she said the issue of paternity was no longer being contested. She asked Roberts’ attorneys, Clint and Jennifer Lancaster, to prepare an order establishing paternity for her to review. She asked for a redacted and unredacted order. The redacted order will be available to the public. The only redaction, she said, should be the child’s full name.
She also scheduled a telephone hearing with attorneys at 12:30 p.m. Monday to discuss the request by Biden’s attorney, Brent Langdon, for a delay in a hearing scheduled Tuesday morning on pending motions in the case. Paternity is now settled, but child support remains an issue as does Lancaster’s motion that Biden be held in contempt for not fully complying with a previous judge’s order for five years of financial disclosure including tax returns. Also pending are motions to intervene, opposed by Langdon but not, so far, by the Lancasters. Those motions seek to explore Biden’s past work for companies in Ukraine in China.
Judge Don McSpadden recused from the case last week for undisclosed reasons and Meyer was next in line to handle the case under the judicial district’s administration plan.
Meyer announced that she’d continue with the hearing McSpadden had set Tuesday morning. But Langdon asked for a continuance. He said McSpadden’s e-mail to the parties said the hearing was “off the docket.”
In response to Langdon’s motion, Meyer issued a one-sentence order saying his request for a continuance would be taken up at a telephone hearing at 12:30 p.m. Monday “and to assess the status of this matter for scheduling.”