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Jury deliberations underway in Hunter Biden gun trial

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A jury in Delaware has started deliberations to determine if Hunter Biden lied about his use of illicit drugs when buying a gun in 2018.

Hunter Biden, 54, has been in court this week on gun charges related to his use of crack cocaine.

Special counsel David Weiss indicted Hunter Biden in September 2023 in federal court in Delaware on three counts tied to the possession of a gun while using drugs. Two of the counts involve allegations that he allegedly lied on a form attesting that he was not using illegal drugs when he bought a .38 Special Colt Cobra revolver in October 2018. The third count alleges that he possessed a firearm while using illicit drugs.

If convicted, Hunter Biden faces up to 10 years in prison on the first two counts and five years on the third count.

If the jury finds Hunter Biden guilty, it would be the first criminal conviction of a sitting president’s child.

Hunter Biden did not take the stand in his own defense.

President Joe Biden said he won’t intervene regardless of the jury’s verdict.

President Biden told ABC News last week that he would accept the verdict in his son’s trial and would not seek to pardon Hunter Biden. The White House has repeatedly said Biden would not pardon his son if convicted of a crime.

Hunter Biden’s previous plea deal on gun and tax fraud charges fell apart in July 2023 after last-minute disagreements over the degree to which Hunter Biden could face future charges for other alleged crimes still possibly under investigation. That plea deal revolved around alleged tax crimes and a single gun charge.

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