“In the end, the court agrees with both defendant … and the government … that defendant should not receive special treatment in this matter — absent some unusual circumstance, he should be treated just as would any other defendant in our court. Any other defendant would be required to attend his or her initial appearance in person. So too here,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Christopher Burke wrote Wednesday, as he set Biden’s arraignment for Oct. 3.
The judge had initially ordered Biden to appear Sept. 26, but pushed the court date back at the request of his legal team.
Biden, 53, was indicted on three felony gun charges last week and is expected to plead not guilty. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison, if convicted.
The president’s son is accused of lying on a federal form about whether he was drug-free when he bought a Colt Cobra .38 Special nearly five years ago. Biden was allegedly addicted to illegal drugs at the time.
In a court filing obtained by UPI on Tuesday, Biden’s lawyers wrote that he had requested a video appearance to minimize the “unnecessary burden” on government resources, including his Secret Service protection.
Biden is the first child of a sitting president to be charged by the U.S. Justice Department.