LOS ANGELES (NEWSnet/AP) — Hunter Biden is scheduled to stand trial on federal tax charges in September after a judge on Wednesday granted his request to delay the California trial.

U.S. District Judge Mark C. Scarsi agreed to delay the trial until Sept. 5, citing the “needs of the defendant” to prepare for the trial.

President Joe Biden’s son is still scheduled to stand trial beginning June 3 on federal gun charges in a separate case in Delaware.

He has pleaded not guilty to both indictments. 

Hunter Biden’s lawyers told the judge they cannot adequately prepare for both trials at the same time, and they noted the “uniquely challenging and high-profile nature” of the prosecution.

Prosecutors opposed the request to push the trial back, saying the heightened press coverage does not impact the defense’s preparation for what they described as a “straightforward tax case.”

“He is not above the rule of law and should be treated like any other defendant,” Justice Department special counsel David Weiss’ team wrote in a recent court filing.

The indictment alleges that Hunter Biden failed to pay at least $1.4 million in taxes over four years while living an “extravagant lifestyle” during a period in which he has acknowledged struggling with addiction. The back taxes have since been paid.

In the gun case, prosecutors allege that Biden lied about his drug use in October 2018 on a form to buy a firearm that he kept for about 11 days in Delaware. He has acknowledged an addiction to crack cocaine during that period, but his lawyers have said he didn’t break the law.

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