WILMINGTON, Del. (NEWSnet/AP) — Jury selection is to begin Monday in a federal gun case against Hunter Biden after a deal with prosecutors fell apart that might have prevented the timing of a trial close to the 2024 election.

Hunter Biden, who spent the weekend with his father, President Joe Biden, has been charged with three felonies stemming from a 2018 firearm purchase when he was, according to his memoir, in the throes of a crack addiction. He has been accused of lying to a federally licensed gun dealer, making a false claim on the application used to screen firearms applicants when he said he was not a drug user, and illegally having the gun for 11 days.

He has pleaded not guilty and has argued he’s being unfairly targeted by the Justice Department, after Republicans decried the now-defunct deal as special treatment.

Hunter Biden is also facing a separate trial in California in September on charges of failing to pay $1.4 million in taxes. Both cases were to have been resolved through a deal with prosecutors last July, the culmination of a years-long investigation into his business dealings.

But Judge Maryellen Noreika questioned some unusual aspects of the deal that included a proposed guilty plea to misdemeanor offenses to resolve the tax crimes.

The lawyers them argued over the agreement, could not come to a resolution and the deal fell apart.

Attorney General Merrick Garland then appointed the top investigator as a special counsel in August, and a month later Hunter Biden was indicted.

Hunter Biden has pleaded not guilty in both cases, and his attorneys have suggested they may argue he didn’t see himself as an addict when prosecutors say he checked “no” to the question on the form. They’ll also attack the credibility of the gun store owner.

If he were to be convicted, he could face up to 25 years in prison, though first-time offenders do not get anywhere near the maximum.

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