Judge Orders Hunter Biden to Open Financial Records: Arkansas Circuit Court Judge Holly Meyer, the judge overseeing the Hunter Biden child support case, slammed his lawyers for abusing the privilege of sealing their client’s financial data.
Biden filed in September with the Arkansas court requesting a reduction of the child support amount he had been ordered to pay in 2020.
Here is the latest state of play in this court case:
Hunter Biden: A New Day, A New Disaster
The judge declared that Hunter Biden was not in contempt of court as Clint Lancaster – the attorney for Lunden Roberts, the former Washington, D.C. stripper with whom Biden fathered their four-year-old child, Navy Joan Roberts – pushed for Biden to pay a price for what they feel is his lack of payments and disclosures.
It marked the first time that Biden had appeared in court in person.
He claimed that he had experienced a significant change in income, making the reduction necessary.
“If you come saying you want to reduce your child support, you need to show me why,” Meyer said.
Hunter Biden attorney Abbe Lowell disclosed that his client had paid Roberts, $22,000 per month. He paid her $750,000 so far.
Lots of Questions
Lancaster asked last week how Biden could claim poverty if he is able to afford the legal fees from Lowell and his other lawyers.
Roberts’ attorneys questioned about the kind of car Biden drives and how much money he gets for his paintings, and everything from that to his stock portfolio as part of their discovery process.
Meyer told Lancaster that he could subpoena the names and buyers of Biden’s artworks to get the financial data he wanted. Lancaster claims Biden has not provided the identities or estimated purchase and that Biden has only provided incomplete answers to his questions.
Meyer ordered Biden to comply and complete Lancaster’s request.
Biden’s attorneys countered, saying their client did not know their identities due to an arrangement to avoid an appearance they bought the artwork to influence his father’s administration.
All of Biden’s financial records submitted to the court are under seal to prevent public disclosure.
Conversely, Biden’s lawyers wanted to know how much Roberts’ mortgage was, her latest credit report, and other pertinent financial information.
She will have to provide her financial records to Biden’s attorneys along with electronic messages about him she made to third parties.
Biden’s lawyer said that his Porsche had been repossessed and he now drives an unspecified car given to him by celebrity lawyer Kevin Morris.
Meyer scolded lawyers for both sides, ordering them to not provide vague answers in the discovery documents and for them to comply with all requests.
“This cryptic type of ballgame is not going to cut it come trial time,” Meyer scolded Lowell when it came to his client’s finances.
Both sides have until May 12 to comply with discovery requests.
Biden’s attorneys will have an opportunity to cross-examine Roberts’ star witness on May 22.
That will be a day before a pre-trial hearing on May 23.
Both Biden and Roberts, and their respective witnesses will be deposed from June 13 through June 16, and the trial date is set for July 24.