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Justice Ginsburg To Lie In State Wednesday, Thursday



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The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is to lie in state Wednesday and Thursday at the Supreme Court building, the Court announced Monday morning in a press release.

Her passing on Friday evening has set the stage for an intense battle in the Senate about whether or not to wait until after the election to appoint her replacement. President Donald Trump and most Senate Republicans, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), want to replace her right away, while Democrats are fighting to ensure her replacement in the highest court comes after the election.

The Democrats will need four Republican senators to join them if they are to thwart McConnell and Trump. So far, only two Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Ala.), have said they want to wait until after November 3.

This follows the drama following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016, in which McConnell and Senate Republicans argued that his replacement should wait until after that year’s election. What complicates matters is that this election is expected to be more contested than previous elections, with some speculation that the election could potentially be decided by the Supreme Court, just as it did during the 2000 election.

Immediately following news of Ginsburg’s death, masses of people convened at the steps of the courthouse to pay their respects. Ginsburg, who had already established herself as a trailblazing figure for women rights, was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 with a 96-3 confirmation vote. This made her the first Jewish woman to be appointed to the Court.

A private ceremony will take place in the Great Hall on Wednesday at 9:30 am, attended by the Justice’s family, close friends, and other members of the Court.

The public will be allowed to pay its respects to Ginsburg in front of the building at roughly 11 a.m., after the private ceremony. Next week, a private interment service will be held at the Arlington National Cemetery.

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Hunter Biden Indicted on Federal Gun Charges Amidst Special Counsel Investigation



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In a significant development, Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, was indicted on Thursday on federal gun charges as part of Special Counsel David Weiss’ ongoing investigation. The indictment alleges that Hunter Biden made false statements during the purchase of a firearm, among other charges.

The charges against Hunter Biden include:

• Making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm

• Making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer

•Possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance

According to the indictment, the alleged incident occurred on or about October 12, 2018, in the District of Delaware. Hunter Biden is accused of knowingly making a false and fictitious written statement during the acquisition of a Colt Cobra 38SPL Revolver. According to reports from Fox News, the statement, submitted on Form 4473, falsely certified that he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, or controlled substance.

Furthermore, the indictment further states that between October 12, 2018, and October 23, 2018, in the District of Delaware, Hunter Biden knowingly possessed the same firearm despite being an unlawful user of and addicted to controlled substances. This marks the first set of charges brought by Special Counsel David Weiss against Hunter Biden since being granted special counsel status.

The investigation came to public attention when it was reported by Fox News in 2021 that police had responded to an incident in 2018 involving a gun owned by Hunter Biden.

Reports state that, Hallie Biden, the widow of President Biden’s late son, Beau, who was in a relationship with Hunter at the time, discarded the gun. Hunter’s gun was thrown away in a dumpster near a market, located close to a school. It was subsequently revealed that Hunter Biden had purchased a gun earlier that same month.

Hunter Biden’s legal troubles do not end with the gun charges. Earlier in July, an original plea agreement collapsed, which would have seen him plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax counts for willful failure to pay federal income tax, thus avoiding jail time on a felony gun charge. Instead, he pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and one felony gun charge.

Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed David Weiss as special counsel to oversee the Hunter Biden investigation and related matters. The White House has declined to comment on these developments, which continue to draw significant public and media attention.

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