Independence County Circuit Judge Holly Meyer issued an order this week ordering the defendant in the Roberts/Biden paternity lawsuit, Robert Hunter Biden, to appear at a hearing next Wednesday, Jan 29, at the Independence County courthouse, and show cause.
Meyer’s Jan. 21 order reads: “Based on the pleadings and the record, the Court finds that the defendant, Robert Hunter Biden, shall appear before this Court on January 29 at 9:30 a.m., and show cause, if any exists, as to why he should not be held in contempt for any of the alleged violations in this Court’s orders.”
The suit, filed last May by Lunden Roberts of Independence County, has drawn a considerable amount of national (and international) media attention because it involves Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, who is currently in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Hunter Biden’s name has also been prominent during the current impeachment proceedings.
Hunter Biden was given until Jan. 16 to provide “discovery information,” which mostly consists of financial information, including his last two IRS tax returns and a list of all sources of income for the past five years. It would also include copies of deeds to properties he owns or in which he has an ownership interest.
Financial information is requested by the court to be able to determine child support.
Roberts’ Benton, Ark.-based attorneys, Lancaster & Lancaster, say the court has been provided with DNA testing that shows Hunter Biden to be the father of Roberts’ child.
In their motion to the court, her attorneys ask for Biden to be held in contempt and for an order to show cause, saying the discovery information has been outstanding since August 2019 and remains outstanding at the time this motion was filed (Jan. 23).
The filing notes the defendant (Biden) continues to act as though he has no respect for the court, its orders, the legal process in Arkansas, or the needs of his child for support.
The filing went on to say that “this failure to provide discovery information” is but another example of “the defendant’s unnecessary actions to frustrate prompt adjudication of the matter and increase the plaintiff’s litigation costs.”
Roberts’ attorneys say Biden should be sanctioned as is “appropriate and just.” They are also asking for attorneys’ fees and costs.
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