Independence County preparing for Biden’s appearance

Published: Apr. 28, 2023 at 5:02 PM CDT|Updated: May. 1, 2023 at 8:28 AM CDT
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BATESVILLE, Ark. (KAIT) - It was confirmed Friday afternoon that Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, will be in court on Monday in Independence County.

Biden’s lawyers filed a request to allow him not to appear, but Circuit Judge Holly Meyer denied the request.

After it was clear Biden would be in Batesville on Monday, County Judge Kevin Jeffery knew he would have to get to work to secure the courthouse area.

“We are taking measures locally with the sheriff’s department and Batesville Police Department,” Jeffery said. “There will be traffic control and officer presence in the courtroom.”

Jeffery explained he’s constantly communicated with the state, ensuring all agencies have what they need.

The judge explained he was shocked when he heard Biden would be coming to Independence County.

“I didn’t really expect that to be on the agenda, but here we are,” Jeffery added. “We’ll take the steps necessary to keep everybody safe.”

The judge added that anyone attempting to cause trouble on Monday would be immediately met with law enforcement.

“We are ready. We’ll be ready inside and outside the courtroom and inside and outside the courthouse both. We’ll be prepared for anything that comes along.”

The hearing is set to begin at 9 a.m. Monday, May 1, in the Independence County Courthouse.