Instead of the sweetheart deal, he was expecting, Hunter Biden received bad news and strict conditions to stay out of prison.
Prosecutors tried to slip immunity into the deal, but Judge Maryellen Noreika was having none of that and she tossed it out, making Hunter eligible for new charges.
And then she body-slammed Hunter with tough conditions and restrictions. He can’t even have one beer. And the list of penalties for not following her orders is a bit devastating.
Hunter Biden arrived at court today in Delaware to agree to a sweetheart deal with the Biden Department of Justice.
Through Hunter’s laptop, we know that for years he abused hookers and drugs. He also hatched multi-million dollar pay-for-play and bribery schemes with foreign officials from China, Ukraine, Romania, etc.
Yet, he was only charged with two misdemeanors for income tax evasion. So much for Joe’s insistence that everyone should be paying their fair share of taxes.
Prosecutors tried to quietly slip immunity into Hunter’s plea deal and that caused his plea deal to implode.
If Hunter does not comply with any part of the judge’s order, he can be arrested.
HUNTER IS REQUIRED TO:
1) NOT possess a firearm
2) NOT use or possess any controlled substances (including marijuana) unless prescribed
3) Submit to full federal supervision
4) NO use of alcohol AT ALL
5) Seek active employment
6) Submit to testing for prohibited substances
7) Participate in substance abuse therapy
PENALTIES FOR VIOLATING COULD INCLUDE:
1) Immediate issuance of an arrest warrant
2) Revocation of release
3) Forfeiture of bond
4) Prosecution for contempt of court
???? #BREAKING: The new "Conditions of Release" for Hunter Biden have just hit the docket, signed by Judge Maryellen Noreika, who shelved Hunter's plea deal today
If Hunter does NOT comply with any part of the order, he could be immediately arrested
HUNTER IS REQUIRED TO:
— Nick Sortor (@nicksortor) July 26, 2023
The collapsed proceedings were a surprising development because the plea had been carefully negotiated over weeks and included a lengthy back-and-forth between Justice Department prosecutors and Biden’s attorneys.
It was meant to clear the air for Hunter Biden and avert a trial that would have generated weeks or months of distracting headlines. But the politics remain as messy as ever, with Republicans insisting he got a sweetheart deal and the Justice Department pressing ahead on investigations into Trump, the GOP’s 2024 presidential primary front-runner.
Trump is already facing a state criminal case in New York and a federal indictment in Florida. But last week, a target letter was sent to Trump from special counsel Jack Smith that suggests the former president may soon be indicted on new federal charges, this time involving his struggle to cling to power after his 2020 election loss to Joe Biden.
Republicans claim a double standard, in which the Democratic president’s son got off easy while the president’s rival has been unfairly castigated. Congressional Republicans are pursuing their own investigations into nearly every facet of Hunter Biden’s dealings, including foreign payments.
Shortly after their motion was filed, a court clerk received a call requesting that “sensitive grand jury, taxpayer and Social Security information” be kept under seal, according to an oral order from the judge. The clerk said the lawyer gave her name and said she worked with an attorney from the Ways and Means Committee but was in fact a lawyer with the defense team.
Noreika demanded the defense team show why she should not consider sanctioning them for “misrepresentations to the court.” Defense attorneys responded that their lawyer had represented herself truthfully from the start and called the matter a misunderstanding.