Hunter Biden Plea Deal Unravels

On Wednesday, Hunter Biden was expected to plead guilty and accept a plea deal for a felony gun possession charge and two misdemeanor tax crimes. However, the deal fell through when Delaware U.S. District Court Judge Maryellen Noreika expressed concerns about the scope of the agreement. National Review reported:

Noreika described the deal struck with U.S. Attorney David Weiss of Delaware as “unusual” and questioned why the deal contained some “non-standard terms,” such as “broad immunity” from other potential charges.

When she asked prosecutor Leo Wise if there was precedent for the kind of deal proposed, he replied, “No, your honor,” according to the New York Times.

Noreika asked prosecutors if Biden would be immune from prosecution for possible crimes such as violations related to representing foreign governments without registering. When they responded “no,” Hunter Biden’s legal team said the agreement was “null and void.”

The judge called a recess during which the prosecution and the defense agreed to revise the scope of the plea deal. Under that revised agreement, the deal would only cover the period from 2014-2019 and would only include conduct related to tax offenses, drug use and gun possession, CNN’s Manu Raju reported.

However, Judge Noreika could not accept the revised agreement. Fox News explained

Ultimately, Hunter Biden pleaded not guilty because Noreika could not accept the plea deal as it was constructed. She repeatedly expressed her concerns about the constitutionality of the diversion deal related to the felony gun charge, specifying that the main issue with the agreement was that if Hunter Biden breached the deal, the judge would need to make a finding of fact on the matter before the government could bring charges. 

Judge Noreika said she saw that as being "outside of my lane," noting that if the diversion agreement might be unconstitutional, then the entire plea deal would be unconstitutional, meaning that Hunter Biden would not be getting the immunity he thought. 

Judge Noreika has agreed to the pre-trial release of Biden provided he complies with terms like abstaining from alcohol and drugs.
Bolstered by revelations during Wednesday's hearing, House Republicans are vowing to continue their investigation into the corrupt dealings of the Biden family.
It's unclear when Judge Noreika will make a decision on whether the current plea deal on the table can be accepted.