Hunter Biden Gun Trial Opens, Jury Selected

( – President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, appeared in federal court to start his federal firearm trial.

The attorneys involved in the case have already selected the trial’s twelve jurors and four alternates and moved on to opening statements and preliminary evidence. Hunter Biden faces several federal charges relating to his purchase of a firearm, which prosecutors claim he obtained illegally by lying on paperwork about his history of drug abuse and addiction. President Biden’s son faces a potential prison sentence of 25 years and a maximum fine of $250,000 if convicted.

Prosecutors have already started their opening statements regarding Hunter Biden’s alleged crimes, claiming that the jurors should find him guilty on all charges of violating federal law. The case’s primary prosecutor, Derek Hines, encouraged jurors to find Hunter Biden guilty despite his familial relationship with President Biden. Hines also referred to the initial investigation by David Weiss, who found evidence that Hunter Biden intentionally lied on paperwork when buying a Colt Cobra revolver, a federal offense.

Hines outlined the law that he claims Hunter Biden violated during his opening statement, accusing Hunter Biden of using crack cocaine while owning a firearm. According to Hines, Hunter Biden had an addiction when he purchased the handgun in question, which would’ve precluded him from legally obtaining the gun. Hines claims that Hunter Biden filled out several forms when purchasing the handgun, all of which required him to answer truthfully about his history of substance abuse. Lying on the forms constitutes a federal offense and carries a maximum prison sentence of more than a decade.

Hunter Biden’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, admitted that the president’s son purchased the firearm in response to Hines’s opening statement. According to Lowell, Hunter Biden did buy the gun but never loaded or used it. Lowell defended Hunter Biden by claiming that while the president’s son may have violated the law, he did not do so knowingly. Lowell cited the law referenced by Hines, which requires the state to prove a defendant intentionally violated the law. Lowell also briefly claimed that the prosecution couldn’t prove Hunter Biden used crack and called on the jury to find the president’s son not guilty of the federal firearm charges.

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