Impeachment witness Devon Archer given opportunity for resentencing after series of appeals

The impeachment witness was sentenced after being convicted in a scheme another partner says was to benefit a venture with Hunter Biden.

Published: May 15, 2024 5:05pm

Cooperating impeachment witness and former Hunter Biden business partner Devon Archer was granted the opportunity for resentencing on Wednesday after a federal judge ruled his lawyer provided ineffective counsel when he failed to object to a erroneous sentencing guidelines range. 

Archer became one of the key witnesses in the impeachment inquiry into Hunter's father, President Joe Biden. A close associate of the first son for years, Archer testified to the Oversight Committee that he witnessed Hunter Biden introduce his father, whether in person or over the phone to several foreign business partners, including a Russian oligarch, a Chinese fund manager, and Ukrainian energy company executives. 

Archer was convicted of securities fraud and conspiracy to commit the same in 2018 in a Manhattan federal court as part of a tribal bonds scheme. Another defendant in the case, Jason Galanis would later tell the House Oversight Committee that the fraudulent scheme set up by him and Archer was for the purpose of raising money for a hedge fund with Hunter Biden, a firm that his father was set to join after his vice presidency

In February 2022, Archer was sentenced to one year and a day in prison. After an appeal, Archer's legal team argued that he was improperly sentences according to erroneous guidelines and that his lawyer provided ineffective counsel by not objecting to this error. 

"Archer argues that his counsel’s failure to object to the incorrect Sentencing Guidelines range constituted ineffective assistance of counsel," U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams wrote in the ruling. "The Court agrees with Archer, and thus vacates his sentence pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255," he later added.  

You can read the ruling below: 

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