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Hunter Biden Found Guilty in Federal Gun Trial

Hunter Biden was found guilty on all three felony counts related to his purchase and possession of a gun while addicted to crack cocaine.

The Delaware jury’s verdict marks the first time a sitting president’s child has been convicted of a crime.

Hunter Biden showed little emotion as the verdict was read. Afterward, he hugged his wife and reached out to his attorneys.

First lady Jill Biden, who arrived at the courthouse post-verdict, along with other family members, had attended the trial, often sitting in the front row. Prosecutor Leo Wise noted their presence during his closing argument, stating, “The people sitting in the gallery are not evidence.”

Testimony and Trial Details

The court heard emotional testimony from several women in Hunter Biden’s life, including his ex-wife Kathleen Buhle, ex-girlfriend Zoe Kestan, and Hallie Biden, the widow of his brother Beau Biden. Hallie, with whom Hunter had a romantic relationship during the period he owned the firearm, discovered the gun in his truck.

She testified that he was using drugs in October 2018 when he bought the gun, corroborated by texts indicating he was “sleeping on car smoking crack.”

Naomi Biden, Hunter’s daughter, testified in his defense, stating her father “seemed great” at the end of October 2018 and did not appear to be using drugs.

However, she acknowledged knowing about his struggles with addiction, noting that “after my Uncle (Beau Biden) died, things got bad.” She emphasized that Hunter never used illegal drugs in her presence.

Charges and Legal Background

Hunter Biden was indicted on three felony gun charges in September after a proposed plea deal with federal prosecutors fell through.

He was accused of illegally purchasing and possessing a gun while addicted to crack cocaine, in violation of federal law.

Prosecutors alleged he lied about his drug use on a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives form when he bought the revolver and ammunition on October 12, 2018, from a Wilmington gun store.

The charges include making a false statement on the purchase application, lying to a licensed gun dealer, and illegally possessing the gun while battling an addiction. If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and fines of up to $750,000.

Defense Arguments

Hunter Biden’s defense team argued that prosecutors needed to prove he was using drugs the day he bought the gun.

Defense lawyer Abbe Lowell pointed out that the form uses the present tense, “are,” arguing it does not refer to past or occasional use. The defense also claimed Hunter was abusing alcohol, not drugs, at that time.

The guilty verdict is a significant development, given Hunter Biden’s connection to the sitting president. The trial’s outcome may have broader political implications as it highlights the legal challenges faced by President Biden’s family.

With information from CBS News

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