Hunter Biden guilty of all charges in federal gun trial

Hunter Biden

Hunter Biden has been declared guilty on all three counts in his federal firearm case, making him the first offspring of a current US president to receive a criminal conviction.

The prosecutors claimed that Biden, who was 54 years old at the time, gave false information regarding his drug consumption on a federal document while purchasing a firearm in 2018.

Biden denied the charges against him and expressed that he was undergoing treatment for drug dependency during the incident. He further declared that he was fully honest while filling out the form for the gun application.

12 jurors from Delaware came to a decision after discussing for approximately three hours.

On Tuesday, Biden didn't show much emotion when he found out what happened. He just looked straight ahead with his arms crossed before hugging some of the people he works with.

He was accused of two counts that are linked to providing false information regarding his consumption of drugs during his federal background verification process. Another charge was added to his record because he was found guilty of carrying a firearm while under the influence of drugs.

After the court session concluded, he gave a kiss and a hug to his spouse before leaving the area with the assistance of Secret Service representatives.

In a statement, Biden expressed disappointment with the decision, but also expressed gratitude for the support he received from his loved ones, community, and friend Melissa throughout the past week.

During the trial, Biden had a few family members who backed him up in court. But, when it came time for the sentencing, only a couple showed up - Melissa Cohen Biden, his wife, and James Biden, who is Biden's uncle and also the brother of President Joe Biden.

The spouse of the President of the United States, Jill Biden, appeared in the court's lobby a few moments after the ruling was announced and departed along with her stepson, while a crowd of photographers and reporters looked on.

Specialists suggest that there is a chance that Hunter Biden may be sentenced to jail time. However, it is highly improbable that he will be given the maximum 25-year term.

The judge did not schedule a particular day for the punishment, but mentioned that it typically occurs within four months of being found guilty.

The attorney for Hunter, Abbe Lowell, stated that he will vigorously explore all legal options to defend his client.

Following the conviction, special counsel David Weiss stated that the case did not revolve around addiction, but instead centered on the unlawful decisions made by the defendant during their struggle with addiction. This statement aligns with the words used by the prosecutors during the trial.

According to Mr. Weiss, no individual living in this nation can evade the law. It is mandatory for every individual, including the accused, to accept responsibility for their deeds.

On Tuesday, President Biden was giving a speech about gun control at a conference in Washington DC.

After that occurrence, he proceeded towards Wilmington. Upon arriving, he welcomed his son, daughter-in-law, Mrs. Cohen Biden, and their offspring, Beau, on the runway.

Following the court's decision, the head of state expressed his deep satisfaction and admiration for his son's unrelenting struggle to overcome his addiction.

Many families have experienced the emotion of joy when witnessing their loved one overcome addiction and displaying strength and perseverance during their recovery journey, according to his statement.

Prior to the decision being made, the head of state stated that he would not grant clemency to his offspring if found guilty.

I will agree with the decision of this case and will continue to honor the legal procedure as Hunter evaluates a possible challenge.

Biden is facing three gun charges that are all connected to the acquisition of a Colt Cobra Special revolver from a gun shop in Delaware in October of 2018. He held onto the revolver for a little over a week before returning it.

His truck was eventually found to contain the firearm, which Hallie Biden - the wife of his late brother Beau - threw away in a trash can outside a store.

In the past, Biden openly admitted to being heavily addicted to crack cocaine, as expressed in his memoir.

During the trial, the jury was informed about the experiences of the defendant's previous spouse, Kathleen Buhle, and a past romantic partner, Zoe Kestan. They disclosed that the defendant had indulged in prolonged episodes of crack consumption at high-end hotels throughout the United States.

The recent verdict against Biden has occurred during a politically tense moment for his father, who is currently engaged in a close competition with Donald Trump for another term in the upcoming November election.

Mr Trump, the previous leader of the United States who was found guilty of altering commercial documents in New York City recently, refused to agree that the legal case against his adversary's son proved that the US justice system is aware of different political stances and considers them equally.

Karoline Leavitt, a representative of the Trump campaign, stated that the trial served only to divert attention from the actual offenses committed by the Biden Crime Family.

However, Republicans who interviewed Hunter Biden as part of their father's impeachment investigation welcomed the conviction.

In a statement shared on X (previously known as Twitter), James Comer, the Chairman of the House Oversight, expressed that the decision made today is a stride in the direction of taking responsibility.

During the trial, Mr. Lowell and the prosecutors emphasized to the jurors that Biden's family should not play a role in their decision-making, even though they could see the first lady and Secret Service agents from where they were seated in the jury box.

After the ruling was announced, a juror named No 10 spoke to the BBC and shared that he and his fellow jury members were deeply impacted by the messages conveyed in the case.

During the trial, the individual stated that they did not have any thoughts regarding President Joe Biden. Regardless of the fact that his wife, Mrs. Biden, was present at the trial, the individual managed to overlook that in their mind.

He mentioned that his father wasn't facing any trial, and no jury member brought up the aspect of political motives during the trial.

Biden's problems with the law will not be resolved after the decision on Tuesday. He faces additional charges in another criminal investigation for allegedly dodging taxes worth $1.4 million between the years 2016 to 2019. During this period, it is alleged that Biden splurged millions of dollars on drugs, escorts, and posh cars.

The lawsuit is scheduled for trial in September.

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