On Tuesday, Hunter Biden, aged 53, appeared in a federal court in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, and entered a not guilty plea to a charge of illegal gun possession, which marks another chapter in his troubled life.
This legal development coincides with his father, President Joe Biden, accelerating his campaign for reelection next year.
In 2018, during a period of heavy drug addiction and personal turmoil, Hunter purchased a .38-caliber Colt Cobra revolver and faces three felony charges. These charges include two counts of making false statements on the gun purchase forms, as he claimed not to be using drugs illegally at the time. The third charge relates to his illegal possession of the gun for a mere 11 days in October 2018 before disposing of it.
Hunter Biden’s ongoing legal issues and controversies, including allegations of corrupt business practices in China and Ukraine, continue to cast a shadow over his father’s political standing as he seeks a second term in 2024. While Republicans have initiated an impeachment inquiry into what they assert is a Biden family criminal conspiracy, no evidence has been provided to suggest wrongdoing on the part of the president. Despite the persistent stream of scandals, Joe Biden has consistently expressed his support for his son, emphasizing his love and Hunter’s efforts to recover from drug addiction. Hunter Biden’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, requested that he be allowed to appear via video due to his residence in California, but this request was denied by Judge Christopher Burke.
“The defendant should not receive any special treatment in this matter,” Burke wrote in his ruling.
If found guilty, Hunter Biden could potentially be sentenced to 25 years in prison. However, in reality, such offenses, when not combined with other charges, are rarely met with imprisonment.
In July, an agreement between Hunter Biden and federal prosecutor David Weiss for a plea deal, which would have dismissed the gun charges as Hunter pleaded guilty to two tax-related charges, ultimately collapsed. This plea deal would have spared him from serving time in prison.
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