Hunter Biden’s conviction raises the stakes in the tax fraud trial

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Hunter Biden’s conviction for a gun crime increases the likelihood If found guilty, he could face stiffer penalties at his tax evasion trial, an expert told The Post.

One of Biden’s current mitigating factors for when he is sentenced by Judge Maryellen Noreika on weapons charges is the fact that he has no criminal history — something that will not be true at his next trial in California overseen by Judge Mark C. Scarsi.

Both lawyers were appointed to the federal bench by former President Donald Trump.

Hunter Biden faces a second, more dangerous tax evasion trial in September. Daniel William McKnight

“It can undermine him in two ways. First, he cannot take into account a ‘mitigating’ factor, namely the absence of a criminal record or previous offenses, to reduce the level of sentence. Second, the court may take into account the aggravating factor of prior criminal conduct to increase the sentence,” said Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University who has closely followed the trial.

“The tax case is much more serious in terms of possible convictions,” Turley continued. “It was insane for Hunter not to plead guilty (in the gun case) to increase the chance that he could avoid jail time. That goes double for the charges in California.”

Biden’s second trial will begin in September.

The first son faces six felonies and three misdemeanors for allegedly paying at least $1.4 million in federal income taxes between 2016 and 2019.

Information from the Hunter Biden laptop — once dismissed by Biden defenders and lefties as Russian disinformation — has been a key source of evidence for prosecutors in both trials.

The tax evasion trial will play out at the height of the 2024 presidential election and could be a source of embarrassing new revelations about the first family just as voters head to the polls.

Now that Hunter Biden is a convicted felon, the stakes for his second trial are much higher. U.S. District Court of Delaware
Hunter Biden was found guilty of lying on federal gun forms and now faces years in prison. Bill Robles via AP

“If Hunter and Joe Biden are found to have conspired against tax evasion, and it turns out that Joe Biden really is the ‘big guy,’ then his campaign is over,” said Rob Cole, a GOP consultant and senior advisor to former governor. George Pataki – referring to a name assigned to President Biden on his son’s infamous laptop.

“In that case, Donald Trump will undoubtedly be the next president of the United States.”

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