US: President Biden’s son, Hunter convicted for charges in gun trial

US: President Biden’s son, Hunter convicted for charges in gun trial
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A United States, US, jury has convicted President Joe
Biden’s son, Hunter, on three federal felony gun charges by a federal jury.


The charges stem from an incident in October 2018, when
Hunter Biden purchased a revolver at a Delaware gun shop.


After about three hours of deliberation, the jury found
Hunter guilty of lying about his drug use on a federal background check form
and possessing a firearm while addicted to or using illegal drugs.


This conviction marks a historic moment as it is the first
time a president’s immediate family member has been found guilty of a crime
during their father’s term in office, although Hunter Biden’s offences occurred
before Joe Biden became president.


Hunter Biden faces up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up
to $750,000 at sentencing, though as a first-time offender, he is likely to
receive a lesser sentence. Sentencing is expected to occur within 120 days.


Prosecutors, led by special counsel David Weiss, argued
successfully that Hunter Biden’s actions violated laws meant to prevent drug
addicts from owning firearms.


Despite the defence team’s efforts to argue that Hunter did
not view himself as a user or addict at the time of the purchase, the jury
returned a unanimous guilty verdict on all charges.


The conviction concludes a chapter of the ongoing Justice
Department investigation into Hunter Biden, which began in 2018. He is set to
face another trial in September for federal tax offences.

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Both cases have been managed by David Weiss, previously
appointed by President Trump, whose team has denied any political motivations
behind the prosecution.


Despite the legal turmoil, President Biden and the White
House have consistently ruled out a pardon for Hunter Biden.


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