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Hunter Biden trial: Prosecutors plan to drop gun case on Friday

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WILMINGTON, Delaware Federal prosecutors expect to rest their case against Hunter Biden on Friday morning after calling two final witnesses to testify in the first son’s gun trial.

They told Judge Maryellen Noreika at the end of the court proceedings Thursday that the witnesses would be an FBI chemist and a Drug Enforcement Administration official.

Prosecutors previously indicated the chemist would speak about lab results showing cocaine was on a baggie belonging to Biden and that the DEA witness would decipher Biden’s text messages about alleged drug transactions for the jury.

Abbe Lowell, the prominent white-collar attorney leading Biden’s defense, said he planned to call two or three witnesses and that he expects the defense to rest its case by the end of the day Monday.

Once the defense presents its case, attorneys typically make closing statements, after which the judge instructs the jurors and orders them to deliberate. Deliberations can last hours or sometimes days if necessary. Noreika estimated at the start of the process that it could take up to two weeks, meaning it remains roughly on schedule at this stage.

The trial has so far lasted four days and involved prosecutors questioning eight witnesses, including Biden’s ex-wife, two ex-girlfriends and the man who sold Biden the gun for which he is now being prosecuted.

Day four, which concluded Thursday, was Biden’s most personal day yet in the trial. Hallie Biden, the widow of Hunter Biden’s late brother Beau, testified about her tumultuous relationship with the first son, saying she and Hunter Biden began dating in late 2015, shortly after her husband died.

Hallie Biden leaves federal court in Wilmington, Delaware on Thursday, June 6, 2024. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

She provided a detailed chronology of Hunter Biden’s crack cocaine use, which she said became more prevalent in 2017 and 2018.

Special Prosecutor David Weiss has alleged that the first son lied on a federal form about his drug use on Oct. 12, 2018, so he could buy a revolver and then illegally retained the firearm for several days.

Hallie Biden testified that she discovered the gun and ammunition in the first son’s truck 11 days after he bought it and that she “freaked out” and threw it in a grocery store trash bin. She said she also remembered finding residue of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia in the truck along with the gun.

Under cross-examination, Lowell questioned her about specific details about the sequence of events that occurred the morning she found the gun, emphasizing how vague her memory of that morning was. Lowell acknowledged that it must have been a “traumatic” day for her.

Prosecutors also spoke with gun salesman Gordon Cleveland, Hunter Biden’s former New York girlfriend Zoe Kestan, his ex-wife Kathleen Buhle, three law enforcement officers and an older man who said he came across the first son’s revolver while collecting recyclables from trash bins. in the supermarket.

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Hunter Biden has to appear in court every day. He has appeared attentive throughout the proceedings as his supporters, including his wife Melissa Cohen Biden, and Hollywood lawyer Kevin Morris, sit behind him. First lady Jill Biden was present for the first three days but absent from D-Day commemoration events on Thursday.

Lowell said Hunter Biden has not yet decided whether he will testify in his own defense, although it is rare for criminal defendants to do so.