Hunter Biden’s law license suspended in D.C.

The D.C. Court of Appeals on Tuesday suspended Hunter Biden’s law license after he was convicted earlier this month of three federal gun charges.

Why it matters: It’s the latest fallout from the president’s son’s conviction and trial, which aired some of the Biden family’s darkest moments.

  • Hunter Biden faces up to 25 years in prison, although as a first-time offender it’s unlikely he will receive the maximum sentence.

Driving the news: The court order stated that Hunter Biden is “suspended immediately from the practice of law” in D.C., after considering the indictment and jury verdict in his federal gun trial.

  • The appeals court also directed D.C.’s Board on Professional Responsibility to “institute a formal proceeding to determine the nature of the offense and whether it involves moral turpitude.”

State of play: The D.C. Office of Disciplinary Counsel wrote in an order earlier this month that Hunter Biden’s offenses in his federal gun case amount to a “serious crime,” which constitutes automatic suspension under the counsel’s rules.

  • Hunter Biden has been licensed to practice law in Washington, D.C., since 2007, per the Washington Post.

Zoom out: A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled for Hunter Biden’s federal gun trial.

  • His legal team in a motion on Monday sought a new trial for the gun charges, arguing “lack of jurisdiction” in the trial handled by a federal court in Delaware.