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Published on June 13, 2024
Biden Under Fire as Hunter Biden Convicted of Firearm Felonies in Wilmington Court DramaSource: Wikipedia/Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

In a significant turn of events, Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, was convicted on three felony charges related to firearms violations. As reported by WABE, the conviction came on Tuesday in Wilmington, Delaware, where a jury found Hunter Biden guilty of lying on a gun purchase form in 2018, illegally possessing a gun, and making a false statement to a federally licensed firearms dealer.

The jury's verdict was reached swiftly, after approximately three hours of deliberation spread over two days. When the verdict was read, Hunter Biden appeared stoic and immediately afterward embraced his legal counsel and shared a wan smile with his wife Melissa. First Lady Jill Biden, who was not present in the courtroom for the announcement, was seen arriving at the courthouse shortly after.

Despite his conviction, it remains unclear whether Hunter Biden will face time behind bars. Judge Maryellen Noreika, who presided over the trial, has yet to schedule a sentencing date. Legal experts suggest that given Hunter Biden's status as a first-time offender, the possibility of him receiving the maximum sentence of 25 years is unlikely.

This legal drama is unfolding not only in the Biden family but on the national political stage as well. Hunter Biden has been pitted against presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, both of whom were convicted in an election year rife with legal confrontations. In contrast to Trump, who decried his verdict as "rigged," President Joe Biden has taken a position of non-interference, stating his intention to accept the jury’s decision and forgoing any notion of a presidential pardon for his son, according to WABE.

The younger Biden's troubles are far from over. A separate trial looms on the horizon in California, where he faces allegations of tax evasion amounting to $1.4 million. In addition, congressional Republicans have expressed their intent to continue a stalled impeachment effort targeting the president, although Joe Biden himself has not been charged with any misconduct in the investigations surrounding his son.

Hunter Biden's defense, as noted by attorney Abbe Lowell, disputed the time frame of the accused's drug problem, suggesting a difference in Hunter Biden's state of mind between the time of the gun purchase and when he wrote about his addiction struggles. Lowell highlighted the semantics of the firearm transaction record's present-tense phrasing to challenge the prosecution's argument.

The incident that triggered the investigation into Hunter Biden revolved around a discarded revolver. Beau Biden's widow, Hallie Biden, who subsequently had a romantic relationship with Hunter, found the gun in his truck and disposed of it. This led to a chain of events involving the police retrieving the firearm from an individual who had inadvertently picked it out of the trash. Despite these dramatic proceedings, Hunter Biden was initially considered the victim in the case due to his lack of cooperation, as detailed in court testimony.