Hunter Biden convicted on all counts in Delaware gun trial

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12th June 2024 – (Delaware) Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, has been convicted on all three counts in his criminal gun trial held in Delaware. The charges against him pertain to making false statements during the sale of a firearm, engaging in a firearms transaction with false information, and possessing a firearm while being a drug user or addict.

The basis of the felony charges revolved around Hunter Biden’s purchase of a Colt Cobra handgun from a Delaware gun store in October 2018 while he was actively using illegal drugs. Prosecutors alleged that he provided misleading information on a federal form, falsely denying his status as an unlawful drug user or addict.

The jury’s verdict arrived just days after former President Donald Trump faced his own legal battles, resulting in a conviction related to falsifying business records in a hush-money case. The timing of these parallel events adds further complexity to the political landscape.

During the trial, Hunter Biden maintained a composed demeanour, facing the jury as they announced his guilty verdict. Notably, he becomes the first child of a sitting U.S. president to undergo trial in a criminal case.

Family members, including First Lady Jill Biden and Hunter’s aunt, Valerie Biden Owens, were present in the courtroom when the verdict was delivered. Hunter’s wife, Melissa Cohen Biden, also witnessed the proceedings.

Following approximately three hours of deliberation, the jury reached its decision. Testimony from individuals close to Hunter, such as his ex-wife Kathleen Buhle and Hallie Biden, the widow of his late brother Beau Biden, played a significant role in the trial. Hallie revealed that she had used crack cocaine at Hunter’s suggestion during their relationship and testified that she had disposed of the handgun near a grocery store.

Now that the jury has reached a verdict, the court will schedule a sentencing date for Hunter Biden. If given the maximum penalties, he could face up to 10 years in prison for two of the felony counts and up to five years for the third count.

President Joe Biden, who is set to address gun control later on, expressed his stance on the matter. He emphasized that he will not issue a pardon to his son if he is convicted, reaffirming his commitment to respecting the judicial process.

While this trial concludes, Hunter Biden’s legal battles are not over. He faces separate charges in a Los Angeles federal court for failing to pay taxes on significant income. That trial is scheduled for September, just two months before the presidential election, where his father will face off against Donald Trump.