Circuit Judge Holly Meyer held a telephone conference today with attorneys in the Hunter Biden paternity case and delayed a full hearing in the case until Jan. 29.
She granted a motion by Biden’s attorney to delay a hearing that had been set for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. The attorney for the woman seeking a paternity order and child support had objected to the delay.
I’m awaiting filing of a formal order that might contain other news from the conference, but the record for the day already contains some significant developments.
Today, the judge entered similar orders striking efforts to intervene in the case by Dominic Casey, a Florida private investigator, and by Joel Caplan, who identifies himself as a resident of Jerusalem. Both had filed extensive pleadings related to Hunter Biden’s business dealings. Biden’s past — both a rocky personal life and his payments from Ukraine and China businesses have become a “what-about” tool of Donald Trump defenders in his fight against impeachment, though they aren’t relevant to Trump’s own actions as president.
The judge said they had failed to assert any standing in the paternity and child support case and she ordered the Independence County circuit court clerk not to accept further filings from them without the judge first finding they are “proper, germane and not offered for the purpose of invoking unwarranted attention.”
She cautioned the two against the filing of “frivolous” petitions in the future or else risk contempt proceedings that could result in fines or incarceration or both.
In other filings before today’s telephone conference, Biden’s attorney Brent Langdon again asked for a continuance of the hearing scheduled Tuesday. He contended it was removed from the docket when Circuit Judge Don McSpadden recused from the case and that notice was required before Judge Meyer, who took over the case, could schedule a new hearing. Clint and Jennifer Lancaster, attorneys for Lunden Alexis Roberts, the Arkansas woman seeking a paternity declaration and child support from the former vice president’s son, objected to a delay in the hearing. They argue that Biden had ample notice of the hearing and still had refused to provide financial information ordered by the court until he could get a hearing on his motion for a protective order for that information.
The Lancasters have in the past distanced themselves from the intervenor filings, while Langdon has objected to them. However, in objecting today to a delay in the hearing, the Lancaster motion quoted one intervenor as saying Biden had assets of $156 million, yet Biden had provided no financial support to Roberts since November 2018 (when records show she received some payments from his law firm). Biden has a history of delay, the Lancaster motion argued in pressing ahead for a full hearing. The judge has already said she’s prepared to sign an order declaring Biden father of the child born in August 2018.
Biden’s residency in another state (California) poses some practical difficulties to the opposing attorneys, unlike an Arkansas resident who could be readily cited for contempt and jailed for failure to comply with a court order.