Hunter Biden requests new federal gun trial after being found guilty on all three counts

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President Joe Biden's son Hunter was found guilty of lying about illegal drug use when buying a gun. (AP PHOTO)
President Joe Biden's son Hunter was found guilty of lying about illegal drug use when buying a gun. (AP PHOTO) Credit: AAP

Lawyers for Hunter Biden, the son of US President Joe Biden, say his trial on federal gun charges went forward prematurely earlier this month and must be done over again.

Hunter Biden became the first child of a sitting president to be convicted of a felony on June 11 after a jury found him guilty on all three counts related to his lying about illegal drug use when he purchased a handgun in 2018.

Biden’s lawyers said in a Monday court filing that he is entitled to a new trial because a federal appeals court did not give the trial court a formal green light to proceed after dismissing his appeals.

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The president’s son had unsuccessfully argued that the law he was charged under was unconstitutionally vague and violated his right to gun ownership under the Second Amendment of the US Constitution.

A jury in Wilmington, Delaware convicted Biden of lying on a background screening form when purchasing a revolver in October 2018 and then illegally possessing the gun for two weeks.

His father, President Joe Biden, has already said he will not commute the sentence.

Biden has denied wrongdoing, and his lawyers have said he will appeal the conviction.

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