Jury deliberations continue in Hunter Biden’s federal gun trial

Jury deliberations are continuing in Hunter Bidens federal gun trial Tuesday.

The jury will decide whether Biden is guilty of lying about being addicted to illegal drugs on a federal form when he purchased a gun in 2018. The presidents son faces three federal charges in the case, and up to a 25-year prison sentence if convicted.

Biden has pleaded not guilty in the case.

The jury comprises six men and six women. Some are gun owners, while others have had loved ones pass away to drug overdoses.

Following closing arguments on Monday, the jury deliberated for just over an hour without returning a verdict. Tuesday will be the first full day of deliberations, though it is not known how long the jury will take before coming to a decision.

Over the weeklong trial in Wilmington, Delaware, both sides have tried to make their case about the timeline of Hunter Biden’s drug use.

“There is overwhelming evidence in this case that the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt,” prosecutor Derek Hines told the jury.

Hines pointed to Biden’s own book, which details his drug use around the time of the gun purchase, telling the jury that they have to believe he was lying in his memoir to find him not guilty.

Earlier, defense attorneys argued that Biden had recently been in rehab and there is no evidence that he was using drugs at the time of the gun purchase.

Among those who testified in the trial was Hallie Biden, widow of Hunters brother and the presidents other son Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer in 2015. Hallie and Hunter were later romantically linked.

Hunter Bidens daughter Naomi Biden also took the witness stand, as did his ex-wife Kathleen Buhle.

The owner of the gun shop that sold Hunter Biden the gun in 2018, and workers from the shop, were among others who also gave testimony.

First lady Jill Biden, President Joe Biden’s sister Valerie Biden Owens, President Biden’s brother James Biden and Hunter’s sister Ashley Biden had all been in the courtroom on Monday in support of Hunter.

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