NIn closing argument, prosecutor Leo Wise called on the jury to focus on the “overwhelming evidence” against Hunter Biden and not pay attention to members of the president’s family present in the courtroom, such as First Lady Jill Biden and the president’s brother. president.

“The people in the gallery are not evidence,” Wise said, extending his hand and ordering jurors to look at the family in the front row of the courtroom.

Throughout the argument, the prosecutor used personal testimonies, text messages, photographs and the words of Hunter Biden in the memoir “Beutiful Things”, which he published in 2021, to argue that the president’s son knew he was addicted. on crack when he signed the mandatory weapons purchase form.

Defense lawyer Abbe Lowell argued that there was no evidence that Hunter Biden was consuming drugs in the 11 days he owned the gun and considered what the president’s son wrote in the memoir, written after becoming sober, irrelevant.

“There is no actual witness to drug use during this period,” Lowell told the jury.

The prosecution suggested that messages sent to his brother’s widow showed that he was using and involved in drug deals in the days following the gun purchase.

“At any time he lied to him about where he was,” assured the defense lawyer, who did not call Hunter Biden to testify.

Hunter Biden pleaded not guilty to three felony charges stemming from the October 2018 purchase of a gun he had owned for about 11 days. The President’s son accused the US Department of Justice of giving in to political pressure from former President Donald Trump and other Republicans to present the case.

Last week, Hunter Biden’s lawyers called three witnesses to the stand, including his daughter Naomi, to try to demonstrate that he did not consider himself a drug addict when he filled out the form.

The case highlighted a turbulent period in Hunter Biden’s life following the death of his brother, Beau, in 2015.

A key witness for prosecutors was Beau’s widow, Hallie, who had a brief and troubled relationship with Hunter after her husband’s death.

Hallie said she found the gun unloaded in Hunter’s truck and panicked, throwing the gun into the trash of a grocery store, where a man inadvertently recovered it.

The defense suggested that Hunter Biden was trying to change his life at the time of purchasing the gun, having completed a detox and rehabilitation program in late August 2018.

US President Joe Biden said last week that he would accept the jury’s verdict and ruled out the possibility of a presidential pardon for his son.

Last summer, it was assumed that Hunter would avoid prosecution in the gun case, but the deal with prosecutors fell apart after the Trump-appointed judge raised concerns about the matter.

Hunter Biden was subsequently indicted for three weapons possession crimes and will face a trial in September for allegedly not paying taxes for at least four years, amounting to at least 1.4 million euros.

If convicted in the gun case, Hunter could face 25 years in prison.

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