(IntegrityPress.org) – The Supreme Court has upheld the criminal conviction of Devon Archer, a former business associate of Hunter Biden, for the second time. Archer was convicted in 2018 for defrauding a Native American tribe by selling over $60 million in tribal bonds.
Hunter Biden has not been implicated in the case, but Archer has become a big topic in the GOP’s ongoing investigations of Biden’s business activities. Archer’s recent testimony behind closed doors in the summer in front of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee made the situation regarding the case even more confusing. During the testimony, Archer mentioned that Biden occasionally included his father, President Biden, who was vice president at the time, in meetings with associates, but he claimed unawareness of any wrongdoing by President Biden.
Archer had tried to get intervention from the Supreme Court to get a new trial, especially considering he filed an appeal in 2021. Following his initial conviction, a federal district judge had ordered a new trial due to concerns about potential evidence which could prove Archer innocent. However, this decision was reversed by the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals, asserting that the judge lacked the authority to reassess the evidence.
In addition to the retrial issue, Archer raised a new matter not previously presented to the Supreme Court. He questioned whether he had the right to challenge his sentence recommendation under federal guidelines after a mathematical error was found on the appeal. The government argued that Archer had waited too long to bring up the mistake, so he was past the deadline to lodge a dispute.
Despite Archer being sentenced below the recommended guidelines, receiving a prison term of a year and a day along with financial penalties, the Justice Department insisted that the Supreme Court’s decision to reject both contentions was correct and did not conflict with any prior court decisions.
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