Hunter Biden Ends Bid for Retrial in Firearm Conviction Case

 July 10, 2024

Hunter Biden, the President's son, recently changed course by withdrawing his bid for a retrial.

According to the Washington Examiner, Hunter Biden, having faced a conviction for lying during a firearm purchase, has opted not to pursue a retrial after contesting the legality of his original trial.

A Delaware federal court handed down the conviction on June 11, 2024. It related to a 2018 incident where Biden was accused of misrepresenting his drug use while acquiring a handgun, resulting in three felony charges.

An Unprecedented Legal Challenge

This case gained notoriety not only due to the nature of the offense but also because it involves a child of a current U.S. president being convicted on felony charges.

Hunter Biden and his attorneys had initially claimed the federal court in Delaware lacked proper jurisdiction, an argument they brought forth in their subsequent request for a retrial.

The plea for a new trial centered on the argument that the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals needed to finalize its mandate before the trial could proceed legitimately.

Special Counsel Weiss Disputes Biden Claims

However, federal prosecutors, led by Special Counsel David Weiss, disputed these claims, labeling them as unfounded and based on a fundamental misunderstanding of appellate procedures.

Special Counsel David Weiss discussed the legal underpinnings of the court's decision to deny a retrial:

[Hunter Biden’s] motion is based on his belief that prior to his trial, the Third Circuit was required to issue a formal mandate and therefore this Court somehow lacked jurisdiction even though the Third Circuit had held that it did not have jurisdiction.

Hunter Biden, backed by his wife Melissa Cohen Biden and represented by legal counsel Abbe Lowell, attended all related court proceedings.

Despite the conviction, Biden maintains his innocence, and his legal team is preparing to challenge the verdict through further appeals.


Federal prosecutors commented fiercely on the motion filed by Biden's lawyers. They suggested that Hunter Biden's defense misunderstood the procedural aspects relevant to appellate court decisions, a critique they detailed elaborately in their submission on July 8, 2024.

As the legal saga surrounding Hunter Biden unfolds, the implications extend beyond personal repercussions for Biden himself, weaving into broader discussions on legal interpretations and procedural adherence.

The withdrawal of the retrial motion marks a significant turn in a series of legal challenges and public scrutiny associated with one of the nation's highest-profile figures.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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