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Hunter Biden was found guilty on all charges in his gun trial on June 11, becoming the first child of a sitting president to face a federal trial and conviction.

The trial hinged on a Colt Cobra revolver that Mr. Biden bought from a gun store on Oct. 12, 2018, during a time prosecutors say he was in the throes of crack cocaine addiction.

Authorities accused Mr. Biden of lying to the federally licensed gun store by illegally claiming on his application that he was not a drug user at the time of purchase and then unlawfully possessing the gun for 11 days. Mr. Biden was facing three felonies and pled not guilty to the charges.

Jurors deliberated for an hour late in the afternoon on June 10 before resuming the following morning. In total, they spent three hours deliberating the case.

The verdict was handed down after a weeklong trial that saw testimony from Mr. Biden’s ex-wife Kathleen Buhle, ex-girlfriend Zoe Kestan, sister-in-law and ex-partner Hallie Biden, daughter Naomi Biden, expert witnesses, the gun store owner and the clerk who sold the gun to Mr. Biden, and the man who found the gun in the trash.

Prosecutors argued that testimony from Mr. Biden’s ex-romantic partners, along with text messages and memoir excerpts, proved that Mr. Biden was “knowingly” an active drug addict in October 2018 when he purchased the firearm.

The defense, on the contrary, argued that since Mr. Biden did not consider himself an addict when he purchased the gun, he did not “knowingly” lie on the gun application form when he checked “no” when asked if he was a drug addict.

In his closing arguments on June 10, prosecutor Leo Wise focused on self-admissions of drug addiction in Mr. Biden’s memoir and text messages he sent around the time of the gun purchase in which he told Hallie Biden he was either waiting for a drug dealer or actively smoking crack cocaine.

“He knew he was using drugs. That’s what the evidence shows. And he knew he was addicted to drugs. That’s what the evidence shows,” Mr. Wise said.

While the defense acknowledged Mr. Biden’s drug use, they sought to paint a picture of a man struggling but otherwise overcoming a dark period that began with the death of his brother Beau from brain cancer in 2015.

The defense argued that Mr. Biden was receiving sobriety treatment in the months leading up to the gun purchase, pointing to hundreds of thousands of dollars of cash withdrawals in 2018 as evidence.

Prosecutors, however, said there are bank statements for the rehab payments, and they were paid with a card, not cash. Prosecutors alleged that Mr. Biden was withdrawing the cash to pay for drugs, not sobriety programs.

The defense also argued that no one directly witnessed Mr. Biden using drugs around the time of the gun purchase, including the 11 days he owned the gun before Hallie Biden found it in his truck and threw it in a public garbage can.

Prosecutors contended that there was evidence of Mr. Biden using drugs right after he purchased the gun. They showed text messages that he allegedly sent Hallie Biden just days after the gun purchase.

In one message, he mentions “waiting for a dealer named Mookie,” and in a message the following day, Mr. Biden says he is smoking crack on top of a car.

While many in Mr. Biden’s family, including First Lady Jill Biden and his uncle James Biden, were present at the courthouse throughout the trial to show support, prosecutors told jurors to focus on the direct evidence in the case, not familial support.

“People sitting in the gallery are not evidence,” Mr. Wise told jurors, pointing to Mr. Biden’s family members.

Mr. Biden didn’t take the stand during the trial and Mr. Lowell asked the judge to instruct the jury not to hold it against his client for choosing not to testify.

The trial, five months out from the 2024 election, comes as Mr. Biden’s father faces a rematch with former President Donald Trump, who was also handed a guilty verdict in his Manhattan criminal trial weeks before.

It’s also not the last criminal trial for Mr. Biden this year, who faces a September court date in California over tax evasion charges.

Mr. Biden faces up to 25 years in prison with his conviction in the federal gun case, although first-time offenders typically receive less than the maximum sentence.

The judge has not set a date for sentencing, but it usually comes within 120 days of the verdict. At the latest, that would place the hearing a month away from the November election.

It is not clear whether the judge will give Mr. Biden jail time after receiving a guilty verdict.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the year in which Hunter Biden purchased the gun. The Epoch Times regrets the error.


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( June 12th, 2024 @ 10:33 am )
 
There you go again, Little Bobbie, regurgitating those far left talking points again and again. Do you think like Goebbels that if you tell a lie often enough, it becomes the truth?

There is no equivalency between a proper federal court with an honest judge in Delaware, with a jury pool only somewhat stacked in favor ot the defendant, and a rogue kangaroo court in New York which flounts the rule of law with a highly biased judge politically, a jury pool stacked politically 95 to 5 against the defendant, and a prosecutor who makes up charges out of thin air to weaponize against a political enenmy and who campaigned for office on a pledge to "get" that political enemy. What happened in Manhattan was un-American in the extreme. Pre-trial polling showed that the majoriy of Americans comprehended that Trump could not get a fair trial in Manhattan.
Big Bob said:
( June 12th, 2024 @ 9:27 am )
 
VZ - you understand dump says this stuff. Right. FOX no longer carries the speech es and when it does edits out the really dumb stuff. They know you guys wont watch anything else so who's to know. Trump said MAGA members would rather commit suicide then see JB win.

It's fun, for me, to know what trump really thinks of the folks that follow him.
Big Bob said:
( June 12th, 2024 @ 9:15 am )
 
If you only support the American system when you win, you're loser.

One family took it like grown ups, one family took it like a spoiled 2 year old.
( June 12th, 2024 @ 9:09 am )
 
The Biden case has an honest judge, so Hunter will get what he gets.

The Trump case, on the other hand, is totally political with a political apparatchik, Juan Merchan, as judge. Biden's handlers are probably still discussing what sentence Trump will get, which will then be forwarded to Merchan and he will do as instructed.
Big Bob said:
( June 12th, 2024 @ 8:54 am )
 
Niether trump or HB will go to jail. Both are convicted felons and will have to live with it.
( June 11th, 2024 @ 10:11 pm )
 
The judge handling Hunter Biden's case has handled one other case of someone lying on an application to purchase a gun. In that case, the defendant lied about the state he lived in, and she gave him a one year active sentence. We will see if she does any different for Hunter. www.washingtonexaminer.com
( June 11th, 2024 @ 5:04 pm )
 
Here is a question about the Biden crime family. They always try to monetize their actions in office. The Mexican human trafficking / drug smuggling crime cartels are making a killing off of Biden's open borders. Is there any chance at all that the Biden family is not somehow on the take from that activity?
( June 11th, 2024 @ 4:52 pm )
 
Hunter Biden always had a get out of jail free card with the Biden DOJ. They were not going to prosecute him for anything until the IRS whistleblowers came forward and exposed the corruption in Bidenworld relative to Hunter. Then they refused to move on the most serious cases, the tax evasion during the years of the Burisma deal, which could have also implicated Joe, and the failure to register as a foreign agent, until the statute of limitations ran and he was home free on those charges. Then they tried a sweetheart deal, that an ordinary citizen not named Biden would have never gotten. A conscientious judge, to her credit, cried foul on that, and they were then forced to try him on the gun charges and the least serious of the tax charges, the only one the statute of limitations was not allowed to run out on. So the Biden DOJ manipulation has saved Hunter from the most serious charges that he should have been charged with. How often does the government just let it slide when someone does not file or pay taxes on millions of dollars in income?

And, Van Zant, yahoonews has indeed become a cult. I sometimes wonder if it is being edited in Red China or North Korea it is so bad. I quit using yahoomail when yahoonews dropped way off the left end of the spectrum.
Van Zant said:
( June 11th, 2024 @ 4:33 pm )
 
Speaking of a cult: yahoo!news
( June 11th, 2024 @ 3:52 pm )
 
Trump never had any more chance in a court in Manhattan than a black man charged with rape of a white woman in rural Georgia in the 1950s. In both situations, the judge and jury were in bed with the prosecution from the beginning. Polling showed that the American people understood that about the courts in Manhattan even before the trial started, and the more one saw from out of control Juan Merchan, the worse it got.

Courts in other states should no longer give full faith and credit to anything that comes out of a New York court.
Big Bob said:
( June 11th, 2024 @ 3:08 pm )
 
I have no problem with the HB verdict. I accept the outcome. On plant earth, that's what we do.

So if DT says off yourself if he loses, you gonna do it?
( June 11th, 2024 @ 2:57 pm )
 
This gun charge was the one that DaddyJoe's corrupt DOJ tried to do a sweetheart deal on for Hunter but an honest federal judge refused to let them do it. That is the other side of the coin of the crooked Manhattan prosecutor cooking up charges on Trump that had never been charged against anyone else.

What Daddy Joe's crooked DOJ also did for Hunter was sit on the most serious of his tax charges, and ones that could have implicated Daddy Joe himself until the statute of limitations ran out. They did the same thing with the charge of failing to register as a foreign agent for Hunter, sitting on that until the statute of limitations ran out. Funny thing how they nail Paul Manafort on that in a much weaker case, but let Hunter Biden slide.

The current DOJ and FBI are total cesspools of political corruption that need to be taken apart and rebuilt with honest people in the next administration.
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