Jury finds Hunter Biden guilty on all counts in gun case

Anjali Sharma
GG News Bureau
NEW YORK, 12th June. Jury on Tuesday found US President Joe Biden’s first son Hunter Biden guilty on all charges related to the gun case, his purchase of a Colt Cobra handgun in 2018 when he lied on a federal form about his drug use.

Hunter Biden is convicted on felony charges for the first time.

According to media and court, Hunter Biden was found guilty on three felony counts related to his gun purchase and possession, which prosecutors said occurred during a time when Hunter Biden was a crack cocaine user.

The defense said the case made by prosecutors was filled with insinuations and conjecture.

The government said the case was about the rule of law and Hunter Biden’s choice to purchase a firearm while using crack cocaine.

Special Counsel David Weiss in a statement to reporters said the case “was about the illegal choices the defendant made while in the throes of addiction, his choice to lie on a government form when he bought a gun and the choice to then possess that gun.”

“It was these choices and the combination of guns and drugs that made his conduct dangerous,” Weiss said.

The special counsel was not in court for the verdict.

It took three hours of deliberation for 12 jurors from State of Delaware to come to a unanimous decision on the charges.

Hunter Biden had left the courthouse on Tuesday morning, quickly returned after a verdict had been handed up.

Biden entered the courtroom and took his seat at the defense table next to his lawyer.

Biden’s wife Melissa Cohen-Biden, his close friend Kevin Morris, and friends and other family members who have been at his side in court since the trial began a week ago.

He unlawfully possessed the firearm for 11 days.

His conviction on these counts was decided at three pivotal junctures, according to those with their eyes fastened on the trial.

The defenses put forward by Biden’s defense attorney, Abbe Lowell, were “methodically dismantled” by the prosecution over two days, according to legal analyst Jonathan Turley, meaning Biden’s case may have been over shortly after it had begun.

“The nullification strategy did not work in the end. The implausibility seems to have overwhelmed the sympathy in the case,” he wrote in a post on X.

Rather than rebut the case overall, Biden’s defense sought a narrow jury nullification strategy, which quickly caved in in the face of overwhelming evidence.

The flimsiest part of the defense, according to the jurors, was that Biden was not using drugs when he purchased the gun.

“We all knew he was a drug addict,” Juror No. 10 reportedly told media after the trial. “In his mind, how could he not know he was an addict?”

Jurors expressed displeasure with the defense’s decision to bring Biden’s daughter Naomi, 30, to the witness stand in her father’s defense.

“I felt bad that they put Naomi on trial [as a] witness,” the same juror reportedly said. “I think that was probably a strategy that should not have been done. No daughter should ever have to testify against her dad.”

Another juror told the media that she felt “so sad” for her and found it difficult to listen to the testimony. Naomi Biden was seen wiping away tears during her time in court.

She testified that her father “seemed great” when she saw him around the time of the gun purchase, her testimony also appeared to offer the prosecution an opportunity in its case against him.

Evidence brought forward before the trial even began

The biggest issue that decided Hunter Biden’s fate was likely the overwhelming evidence brought against him before the trial even began, including damning text messages sent to Hallie Biden appeared to show that he was meeting a drug dealer around the time he owned the firearm.

Several jurors said that they didn’t want to convict Hunter Biden, not wanting to send him to prison, they felt they had no choice.

The case came down to whether they believed the first son was addicted to drugs at the time he purchased the gun.

“All 12 jurors did agree that, yes, he knowingly bought a gun when he was an addict or he was addicted to drugs,” juror No. 10 reportedly said.

The defendant watched the jurors closely as they filled their seats. One stole a quick glance at the defense table before the foreman began reading the verdict.

Biden nodded slightly once the final guilty charge was read. He patted Lowell’s shoulder. Cohen-Biden, looking straight ahead, clenched her jaw.

Moments after the verdict was read, Valerie Biden-Owens, wearing dark glasses, hastily walked into the courtroom, down the center aisle, and pressed into a small space beside Melissa in the front row.

As Biden stepped away from the defense table, he embraced his wife. He betrayed no emotion as he departed the courtroom. Morris looked straight ahead as he walked out.

Assistant special counsel Derek Hines declined comment to NBC News on the verdict but smiled.

Hunter Biden, Cohen-Biden, and their close allies huddled in the defense room, first lady Jill Biden passed by court officers who had assembled in the hallway to join her son.

Her close aide, Anthony Bernal, stationed himself outside the room.

The door opened suddenly, and out came Hunter Biden, who led the group towards the elevator, gently tapping each person on the shoulder as they filed inside.

He squeezed himself in behind them.

Hunter Biden is set to go on trial again later this year in a felony tax case in Los Angeles where prosecutors allege he engaged in a scheme to avoid paying at least $1.4 million in income taxes over three years. Biden has pleaded not guilty. The trial could unearth new details about Biden’s business dealings, which Republicans have sought to tie to his father.

Weiss addressed reporters in Delaware on Tuesday, he added, “No one above the law.” He closed his remarks by thanking Attorney General Merrick Garland “for providing the support necessary to fulfill our mission, ensuring that we have the independence to appropriately pursue our investigations and prosecutions.”

Weiss and his team of prosecutors are expected to go to trial against Biden in early September after the judge overseeing the case agreed to postpone the start date from June 20.

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