Weiss, in a court filing Wednesday, opposed Biden’s request to appear via video for the court appearance.
“The government opposes the defendant’s request to hold a virtual initial appearance and arraignment on the indictment that was returned by a grand jury on September 14, 2023,” Weiss said in a filing. “Fifteen months ago, the Court’s standing order authorizing virtual proceedings during the pandemic expired.”
“Given the serious felony gun charges at issue in this case, this Court should have an opportunity to assess the defendant in a live setting when discharging its obligations under 18 U.S.C. § 3142(f) and (g), and considering recommendations for conditions of release,” Weiss continued. “Accordingly, the government opposes the defendant’s request for a virtual proceeding.”
The opposition comes after Hunter Biden attorney Abbe Lowell pushed for a video conference, saying the First Son is “not seeking any special treatment in making this request.”
“He has attended and will attend any proceedings in which his physical appearance is required,” he said.