Here’s the jury that will decide Hunter Biden’s fate – Deseret News

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Judge Maryellen Noreika, who is presiding over Hunter Biden’s trial in Delaware, wasted no time as the prosecutor immediately presented his case on Tuesday. Jury selection was completed within a day, and by the second day of the trial the prosecutor was already focusing on the darkest chapters of Hunter Biden’s memoir and steadily unpacking the contents of his infamous laptop.

Hunter Biden, the first child of a sitting US president to go on trial, has experienced many hardships. He is a former drug addict who survived a car accident as a young child that killed his biological mother and sister.

In 2015, his older brother Beau Biden died after a battle with brain cancer. Many of the Biden family’s more vulnerable moments are already well known, including Hunter Biden’s addiction. But the increased scrutiny before a jury comes at a time when President Joe Biden is in the midst of a re-election campaign.

On Monday’s inauguration day, President Biden expressed his love, support and pride for his son in a statement. That same day, during a press conference aboard Air Force One, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked whether this trial would impact the president’s ability to do his job.

“Absolutely not,” says Jean-Pierre. “He always puts the American people first and is able to do his job.” President Biden was on his way to France on Tuesday evening and is expected to be away for the rest of the week.

First lady Jill Biden arrived at the courthouse on Tuesday, shortly after Hunter Biden entered the building. She sat next to Hunter Biden’s wife Melissa Cohen Biden and his sister Ashley Biden. The first lady also appeared in court on Monday.

Hunter Biden is charged with three felonies. The first two relate to him being on a firearms application over his drug use. The third charge concerns possession of a revolver for 11 days while using illegal drugs. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $750,000.

Nearly all of the jurors had heard of the case, according to ABC News. Many have family members who struggle with drug addiction. Several members of the selected panel own guns or have a family member who does. The jury also includes a woman who has been a retired Secret Service agent for more than twenty years, and her husband is also a uniformed officer stationed in Washington DC.

The prosecution’s witness list includes three of Hunter Biden’s former love interests: his ex-wife Kathleen Buhle, the ex-wife of his late brother, Hallie Biden, who threw the Colt Cobra .38 pistol at the center of the case and also became addicted to crack while with Hunter Biden, prosecutors allege. Politico reported that the third woman is Zoe Kestan, who will also testify about Hunter Biden’s frequent drug use. They will also call an employee of the Starquest Shooters gun store and law enforcement officials involved in the initial investigation into Hunter Biden.

During Tuesday’s proceedings, prosecutors made many references to Hunter Biden’s memoir, “Beautiful Things,” and played many audio clips from it that referenced his drug abuse and stints in rehab. According to several reports, Ashley Biden, his sister, was seen wiping away her tears with a tissue before leaving the courtroom. Meanwhile, Melissa Biden had a heated argument with Garrett Ziegler, who published much of the contents of Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop.

Prosecutors said they will use the testimony to show the jury that Hunter Biden was smoking crack a few times an hour around the time of the gun purchase and that he knowingly lied on the application form by not disclosing that he was a drug user .

Biden’s laptop was introduced into evidence. Prosecutors said the laptop provides evidence of Hunter Biden’s drug use at the time of the gun purchase. The device also contains a trove of messages, emails and photos from Hunter Biden. The jury was shown a conversation between Hallie Biden and Hunter Biden. “I called you 500 times in the last 24 hours,” she said, to which Hunter Biden responded that he was sleeping in a car and doing drugs, adding, “That’s my truth.”

According to Fox News, the defense will argue that Hunter Biden was not abusing drugs but alcohol, and that he had no intention of buying a gun but was pressured by a salesman. The defense plans to put Hunter Biden and James Biden, his uncle and President Biden’s brother, on the stand.

Hunter Biden is being tried again in California for alleged failure to pay $1.4 million in taxes. These cases and the ongoing gun-related trial were nearly resolved last summer when Hunter Biden reached a plea deal with prosecutors before it fell apart under scrutiny.