Thursday, July 25, 2024

Jury finds Hunter Biden guilty in Delaware gun case

(The Center Square) – A Delaware jury convicted President Joe Biden’s son of gun charges on Tuesday, marking the first-ever criminal conviction of a president’s son. 

Special counsel David Weiss indicted Hunter Biden in September 2023 in federal court in Delaware on three counts tied to the possession of a gun while using drugs. Two of the counts involve allegations that he allegedly lied on a form attesting that he was not using illegal drugs when he bought a .38 Special Colt Cobra revolver in October 2018. The third count alleges that he possessed a firearm while using illicit drugs.

The jury convicted Hunter Biden on all charges after about three hours of deliberations. The president’s son did not take the stand in his own defense. The judge has not yet scheduled a sentencing date.

Hunter Biden faces up to 10 years in prison on the first two counts and five years on the third count.

President Joe Biden said he won’t intervene regardless of the jury’s verdict.

President Biden told ABC News last week that he would accept the verdict in his son’s trial and would not seek to pardon Hunter Biden. The White House has repeatedly said Biden would not pardon his son if convicted of a crime.

The President was not asked about a possible commutation of his son’s sentence, but has repeatedly said no one is above the law during political rival Donald Trump’s New York trial. 

Hunter Biden’s previous plea deal on gun and tax fraud charges fell apart in July 2023 after last-minute disagreements over the degree to which Hunter Biden could face future charges for other alleged crimes still possibly under investigation. That plea deal revolved around alleged tax crimes and a single gun charge.

In California, Hunter Biden faces separate tax charges that alllege he failed to pay $1.4 million in taxes and filed false tax returns. That could go to trial in September.