Let’s dig into what the Hunter Biden guilty decision really means

June 13 – President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, was found guilty on three federal gun charges on Tuesday and a lot of people are comparing this to the guilty verdict from the trial of former president Donald Trump in New York over the hush money paid to Stormy Daniels. 

We’ll start with the Biden verdict. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “The jury got it right. I mean, the evidence was overwhelming against him in this case, and of course, he still has another trial later this summer, which I think is also going to be a very clear cut case. That’s the tax evasion, tax fraud case. He will not be sentenced in the gun case until October, and in spite of what a lot of the news reports are saying, I think he’s getting jail time. The standard guidelines that the federal judge has to use prescribe a minimum sentence of 15 to 21 months. Now the judge could go below that, but even if she goes below that, which would be called a mitigated sentence, it’s still going to involve some jail time, but just like in the Trump case, I think Hunter Biden has some excellent appeal points here, including the fact that this entire law under which he’s now been convicted may be unconstitutional.”

The Fifth Circuit Federal Court in Texas has ruled that this law is unconstitutional. 

Barkdoll continued, “There’s even some US Supreme Court authority to suggest that this law may be unconstitutional. So what will likely happen here again, it’s so interesting, the parallels between this and the Trump case. Hunter will get sentenced. He’s likely getting sentenced to jail. The attorneys will immediately appeal the case, and during the appeal, his sentence will be suspended, so he won’t actually be sent to jail. I think there’s a very good chance he’s going to win on appeal. This is one of those issues, a lot of very conservative gun, pro Second Amendment groups, they’re supporting Hunter Biden. They’re saying that this law is illegal, that the Second Amendment does not prohibit someone from owning or buying a gun that’s using drugs. So it’s going to be a really interesting case to watch unfold, but it will take a long time until there’s a resolution.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “But those parallels, though, are as parallel as some would like us to believe today? Oh, look at how Joe Biden accepts the rule of law and our judicial system and Donald Trump didn’t. It is a laughable joke to say that there are parallels in terms of the kind of crime that was committed and the evidence for a crime that was committed. Hunter Biden’s, of course, was a slam dunk, as far as putting aside any issues of the constitutionality of that form, according to current law, he broke it and he broke it spectacularly. There really was no reason to not convict him on all three of these except we have juries now that don’t make decisions based on facts, and we know this. They’ve been told to look at things based on narrative. The whole country has been told to look at things based on narrative. When you look at the two jury comebacks here, there’s no way the jury in Trump’s case should have convicted him. There was reasonable doubt that you would have expected that at the best a hung jury. But of course, we got full conviction.”

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM asked, “Did you get the same kind of instructions that Hunter Biden got? Think about that, too, right?” 

Jansen said, “There were easy instructions for the Hunter Biden case. They had to do all kinds of gymnastics for the instructions for the jury in Manhattan.” 

Ryan insisted, “Don’t tell me two tiers of justice aren’t there, right there.”

Jansen continued, “I also can’t help but be a little cynical in that this jury, oh, they’re so favorable to the Biden family, but look, they did the right thing. They’re also hearing that it would be bad for Biden if his son wasn’t convicted. Let’s be honest, that would have been easy to make political hay out of and my goodness, wouldn’t a sympathetic poor Hunter, poor Hunter. He’s been sentenced now to jail. He’s just been battling an addiction. We all know about that, the loving family, the Bidens, they’ll stand by his side. He probably won’t go to jail anyway, while this is quote, unquote, on appeal. The president could still, Biden, could still commute his sentence.”

Barkdoll said, “To look at it through the other lens, had this jury came back with a not guilty verdict, you would be peeling us and a lot of people off the ceiling this morning. They did some interviews, I think curiously, there’s three or four of these jurors that did interviews last night and if you believe them, I mean, they are claiming that the Biden family, the fact that the father was the president, did not come into their deliberations at all.”

“What else were they going to say?” Jansen asked. 

“If you believe that,” Barkdoll agreed. “But it’s odd that they did interviews. But what I found interesting in their interviews, two of them said, when they went back to deliberations and they did the snap vote, it was six to six. It was a split jury, and then over a period of three hours in deliberating and going through the evidence, they quickly came to the unanimous decision that he was guilty. One other big takeaway here, and again, just like we talked about with Trump, how this helps Trump politically, I think in an odd way, this may help Biden politically. Trump was very muted in his reaction last night. If you look at his statement, there was no fundraising emails that came out last night from Trump or Biden. Biden also gave just a very safe statement that he respects the verdict and will support his son. But I just think you drill down into this drug addiction issue, this now becomes a tricky case, even like in this debate in a couple weeks, does Trump bring this up against Biden? Does Biden even try to bring it up to relate to people that have drug addiction situations in their families? I think it’s probably net neutrality, but in a very small way, politically, there could be a benefit to Biden here.”