Hunter Biden plea deal rejected by judge

 July 27, 2023

Hunter Biden's sweetheart plea deal was rejected by Judge Maryellen Noreika on Wednesday amid questions about whether it would give him immunity from other charges in the future, leading him to plead "not guilty" to the charges against him.

The three-hour hearing ended without a plea deal after questions by Noreika that revealed the investigation into Biden was ongoing, but also may have given him broad immunity against any other charges, including charges related to his business dealings with foreign nations.

Technically, Noreika only delayed the acceptance of the plea deal while the questions about immunity get answered. She may still accept the deal after modifications are made.

Besides the immunity questions, Noreika also questioned her role in the various charges against Biden.

Questions from the judge

Biden had wanted to plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts of willfully failing to pay taxes and to enter a diversion program for lying on a firearm application.

Under this plea deal, Biden would not serve any jail time, but would be on probation for three years.

Noreika questioned her ability to modify the agreement on the tax charges.

"You all are telling me to 'please rubber-stamp this agreement, your honor.' I am not in a position where I can decide on the plea agreement," the judge said.

"Null and void"

"I understand why you want to get this resolved but I'm not in a position to do so now," Noreika later added after being told Biden was still under investigation.

"Why are we doing this piecemeal?" she wondered.

When Biden's lawyer Chris Clark heard that he was still under investigation, he said the plea agreement was "null and void."

Noreika gave all parties several weeks to figure out whether the deal could still go forward and to make modifications. Another hearing is expected in four to six weeks.

Rapid changes

In that amount of time, a lot more information could come out about Hunter Biden's business dealings and whether or not they were lawful. If additional charges can be determined, it could change the terms of any plea deal.

Everyone knew this deal was too good to be true, and good for Noreika that she didn't just go along with letting Hunter Biden off the hook for every wrong thing he may have ever done. He could end up in jail yet, and maybe his father along with him eventually.

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