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Hunter Biden Gets More Bad News After Conviction

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Georgetown University law professor Jonathan Turley commented on Hunter Biden’s conviction Tuesday after jurors handed down their decision, predicting that the first son’s legal problems were only just beginning.

Hunter was convicted on three felony counts in connection with the 2018 purchase of a .38-caliber revolver on Tuesday after jurors deliberated for slightly over three hours. Turley said that a criminal referral by the House of Representatives for perjury, combined with the tax case faced by President Joe Biden’s son, were still pending.

“His counsel has got to refocus on that tax case. They are going into that case now with a convicted felon,” Turley told Fox News “Faulkner Focus” host Harris Faulkner. “Now, these are very different types of claims, but there is a third front developing. Congress just referred, what I consider to be a very strong case, for a perjury investigation of Hunter Biden after his testimony before Congress.”

“Now the expectation is that Garland is going to basically scuttle that referral, but the problem is that the House seems to have Hunter Biden dead [to] rights… on those perjury claims,” Turley added. “It is hard to see how what he said before Congress was true. It is a much more serious offense. It is currently sitting on the desk of Merrick Garland.”

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He went on to say that the tax case carried potentially “much more serious” charges, including ties to the Biden family’s business dealings.

Earlier, Turley commented that an effort by Hunter Biden’s attorneys to try for “nullification” of the felony charges was “overcome” by the jurors.

“This was a very fair judge in my view, uh, she ruled for the defense and for the prosecutors on different issues. She went right down the middle of the road, and I think in the end, justice was done here,” Turley said of U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika of the District of Delaware after Faulkner contrasted her handling of the Biden case with New York Judge Juan Merchan’s handling of Trump’s business documents case. “This jury was able to overcome a nullification strategy.”

“Part of the problem was that Abbe Lowell, the defense attorney, put forward a bunch of defenses in the opening statement that collapsed within 48 hours,” Turley added. “I mean, the prosecutors did an extraordinarily good job here. They were focused, they were disciplined, and they methodically took apart each of these defenses in front of the jury and when you pursue nullification strategy, it can go too far sometimes. It can make the jury feel like they are being treated as chumps and I think that here, the jury followed instructions and did their duty.”

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Following the jury’s decision, Special Counsel David Weiss, who led Hunter’s prosecution, discussed the case.

“Everyone must be accountable for their actions, even this defendant. But Hunter Biden should be no more accountable than any other citizen,” Weiss stated. “This case was about illegal choices the defendant made while in the throws of addiction.”

As noted by the New York Post, here are the charges the Biden scion was found guilty of:

Count 1 — making a false statement in purchase of firearm

Count 2 — making a false statement related to information required to be kept by federal firearms licensed dealer

Count 3 — possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to controlled substance

It’s not clear at this point what sentence Noreika will hand down.

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