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Hunter Biden found guilty of illegally buying and owning a gun

Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Political News

WILMINGTON, Del. — Hunter Biden, the president's son, was convicted Tuesday of lying about being drug-free when he purchased and briefly owned a gun while he was addicted to crack cocaine.

The guilty verdict, handed down by a federal jury in Delaware after about three hours of deliberations, capped a week-long trial in which prosecutors elicited testimony from Biden's ex-wife, an ex-girlfriend and his sister-in-law turned lover, who all spoke in graphic detail about his addiction to drugs and alcohol, with First Lady Jill Biden often sitting in the front row.

Biden was on trial for three felony charges, and the jury convicted him of all three: lying on a federal background check form about his crack habit in order to buy a Colt revolver, giving a false statement to a federal firearms dealer and possessing a gun while being an illicit drug user.

As the verdict was read by Judge Maryellen Noreika's clerk, Biden sat impassively. Afterward, he kissed his wife, Melissa, and hugged his lawyer, Abbe Lowell.

The proceeding was swift, with the first lady reaching the courthouse only after it had concluded. Wearing sunglasses, she walked toward the room where her son was huddled with other relatives and his legal team.

Afterward, President Biden said he accepted the outcome of the case and would continue to respect the judicial process while his son appeals the verdict.

 

"Jill and I will always be there for Hunter and the rest of our family with our love and support. Nothing will ever change that," he said in a statement. Lowell said in a statement that he was "disappointed" by the jury's decision and would "continue to vigorously pursue all the legal challenges available."

Holding the hands of his mother and wife, Hunter Biden, 54, left the J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building in downtown Wilmington without speaking to reporters and issued a brief statement saying he was "more grateful today" for his wife and family's support "than I am disappointed by the outcome."

David Weiss, the Special Counsel, said Tuesday afternoon that the case was about more than the well-documented drug and alcohol addiction of Hunter Biden.

"This case was about the illegal choices 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," said Weiss. "No one in this country is above the law. Everyone must be accountable for his actions — even this defendant."

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