Hunter Biden’s in-laws describes finding crack and a gun in their truck

WILMINGTON (Delaware) (Reuters) – Hunter Biden’s sister-in law testified Thursday that she threw his gun away out of fear for his spiraling drug addiction. This testimony could strengthen the prosecution’s case that Joe Biden’s son violated a federal law that prohibits illegal drug users from possessing firearms.

The jury in the first criminal case of a child of a U.S. President saw video of Hallie Biden throwing Hunter Biden’s pistol in a trash can at a supermarket, and texts in which she expressed her fear for his safety.

Hallie Biden texted Hunter Biden in October 2018, shortly after he bought the gun.

Hunter Biden has plead not guilty to the three felony charges against him. The charges allege that he failed to disclose his illegal drug use when he purchased the Colt Cobra revolver, and illegally held the weapon for eleven days before Hallie Biden claimed it.

The Wilmington, Delaware federal court trial follows another historic event – Donald Trump’s conviction last week as the first U.S. President to be found guilty. Trump is a Republican who will be challenging Joe Biden (a Democrat) in the November 5th election.

Trump and his Republican allies have said that the case, along with three other prosecutions currently underway, are political attempts to stop him from regaining control. The Hunter Biden case was cited by Congressional Democrats as proof that Joe Biden does not use the justice system to achieve political or personal goals.

Joe Biden said to ABC News that he wouldn’t pardon his son, if he were convicted. Biden said “yes” when asked if he’d accept the outcome of a trial and rule out pardoning his son.

This week, the Delaware jury heard testimony from witnesses including his ex wife and a former lover about Hunter Biden, 54,’s past drug abuse, which he publicly admitted.

The defense has tried to prove that the president’s child had undergone drug treatment, and could have been sober at the time he purchased the gun in October 2018.

Abbe Lowell, the defense attorney, told the jury in her opening argument on Tuesday that Hunter Biden did not intend to deceive.

Hallie Biden was the first person to provide details on Hunter Biden’s actions when he had the gun. Hallie Biden is the widow of Beau Biden who died from cancer in 2015.

She said she cleaned Hunter Biden’s car, looking for drugs in an effort to help him get back on track.

She told the jury she had found the drug paraphernalia, the gun and other items during one of these searches and was afraid that Hunter Biden or any of her children might find it and harm themselves.

Hallie Biden said, “I panicked and I wanted to get rid it.” She said that she began a romantic relationship in late 2015 or early 2016 with Hunter Biden.

She claimed that Hunter Biden had introduced her to crack, and she was addicted until August 2018, when she finally got clean. She told the jury, “It’s a horrible experience that I had and I am embarrassed and ashamed.”

She said that during cross-examination she did not see Hunter Biden around the time of the gun purchase, nor did she witness him using drugs the day she picked up his revolver. She finished her testimony Thursday afternoon.

Hunter Biden informed the judge at the 2023 hearing of the case that he was sober since 2019.

Derek Hines, a federal prosecutor, said that the government may call its final witness on Thursday. Hunter Biden’s attorneys haven’t said whether he plans to testify for himself, which is a risky step that criminal defendants tend to avoid as it exposes them themselves questions by prosecutors.

According to the U.S. Justice Department, if Hunter Biden is found guilty on all counts, he could face up to 25-years in prison. However, defendants usually receive shorter sentences.

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