BATESVILLE, Ark. (KAIT) - Sixteenth Judicial Circuit Judge Don McSpadden has issued that both Robert Hunter Biden and Lunden Alexis Roberts must release their financial records from the past 5 years.
Biden and Roberts are currently in the middle of a child custody case involving Roberts’s child. DNA testing determined with “scientific certainty” that Biden, the son of former Vice President and current Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, is the father.
In a letter filed on Dec. 3 to both sets of lawyers, McSpadden said he anticipated that the “paternity, custody, support and visitation” be established at their next hearing on Jan. 7, 2020.
The judge did warn both parties that he did not, “want to have this drug out, nor do I want to have to drag out the monies these individuals may have received in any form or fashion.”
The judge had to send the letter to Dustin McDaniel, who was Biden’s attorney before requesting to withdraw due to an “irreconcilable conflict.”
On Dec. 2, the motion to withdraw as attorneys of record for Robert Hunter Biden, Dustin McDaniel, Bart Calhoun, and Jessica Duncan Johnston cited an “irreconcilable conflict,” but did not specify what that conflict might be. But, McSpadden granted the request removing the attorneys.
Last week, Biden’s attorneys had requested a continuance in the case stating it had been “highly publicized with numerous media outlets contacting the parties’ counsel on a continuing basis.” As a result, they also sought a protective order.
In an order dated Dec. 3, Judge McSpadden ruled that all financial records shall be treated as “confidential financial information" and would be sealed.
The motion for continuance stated that Biden’s private financial records might be “used in an inappropriate and malicious manner for reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with these proceedings.”
Biden’s attorneys stated that an affidavit of his financial means had not been completed. Meanwhile, lawyers representing the plaintiff, Lunden Alexis Roberts, submitted an affidavit of financial means on Monday, Dec. 2, according to online court records.
Those same records showed her attorney, Clinton Wade Lancaster, also filed that same day to set the case for hearing on Jan. 7, 2020.
DNA testing has established with scientific certainty that Biden is the father of a child born to an Independence County woman, according to court records filed in Independence County Circuit Court.
Benton-based attorneys Lancaster & Lancaster filed a motion to seal with incorporated brief in the case involving Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, on behalf of Lunden Alexis Roberts.
Roberts filed a petition for paternity and child support in Aug. 2019 in Independence County Circuit Court against Biden. In the petition, Roberts alleged Biden was the father and the child, born in Aug. 2018, was a result of a relationship.
In the paperwork, Biden’s attorneys said there was not sufficient information to admit or deny the allegations made by Roberts.
However, the motion filed Wednesday by Roberts’ attorneys noted that information may change the issue.
“(The motion noted) That DNA testing has established with scientific certainty that the defendant is the father of the plaintiff’s child. That the defendant is not expected to challenge the results of the DNA test or the testing process,” the motion from Lancaster and Lancaster noted. “That it is anticipated that this Court will enter an order of paternity finding the defendant to be the natural and legal father of the child who has, to date, only been identified in pleadings to the court as Baby Doe.”
The motion also makes mention of Biden’s father, Joe Biden, and the possibility of security protection.
“That Baby Doe’s paternal grandfather, Joe Biden, is seeking the nomination of the Democratic Party for President of the United States of America (he has already filed for the March 2020 Arkansas primary). He is considered by some to be the person most likely to win his party’s nomination and challenge President Trump on the ballot in 2020,” the motion notes. “That members of the Biden family either are protected or eligible to be protected by the United States Secret Service as a direct result of Joe Biden’s political status. That Baby Doe’s paternity could put the child and those close to the child at risk of harm for the same reasons the Biden family is protected by the United States Secret Service.”
The motion also seeks to protect the identity of the child, as well as public court records in the case.