Law Expert: Hunter Biden’s Legal Woes About To Get ‘Much More Serious’

Law Expert: Hunter Biden’s Legal Woes About To Get ‘Much More Serious’

George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley said that Hunter Biden being found guilty of felony weapons charges this week changes things for him moving forward in his other criminal cases.

A federal grand jury convicted Hunter Biden, 54, on all three felony counts, including lying to a federally licensed firearms dealer, making a false claim on a federal firearms background check form, and being in possession of an illegally obtained firearm. Hunter Biden faces up to 25 years in prison for his crimes and up to $750,000 in fines.

Turley said that the verdict changes things for Hunter Biden in his upcoming federal trial in California for alleged tax crimes.

“His counsel has got to refocus on that tax case, they are going into that case now with a convicted felon,” Turley said. “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.”

Turley said that the expectation exists that U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, who was nominated by Biden, 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 said. “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.”


Turley said that the allegations in the tax case are “much more serious” and could be enhanced now since Hunter Biden is a convicted felon.

“As for Hunter Biden, this may prove the least of his problems, you know, the chances that he goes to jail, probably are low, but I would not dismiss them,” Turley said. “The problem with a jury nullification strategy is it can tick off a judge. This was a case of overwhelming evidence, and it seemed pretty clear to everyone that the defense was going for a nullification. That may not sit well with the judge. But even if she imposed jail time, it would be relatively short, the tax case, not so much. That is a much more serious set of allegations where jail time can be more substantial.”


WATCH: Jonathan Turley explains how Hunter Biden is going to appeal his guilty verdict: Hunter is “challenging this gun law that his father has been a great advocate of and has actually called for greater punishment for these types of gun violations.”

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