Hunter Biden entered a “not guilty” plea in a Delaware court today, following the rejection of a perceived favorable plea deal by a federal judge.
Reports indicated that the proposed plea deal, which seemed to be reinstated with limited scope, was ultimately rejected by Judge Noreika, leading to Hunter Biden’s decision to plead “not guilty,” surprising everyone present in the courtroom.
The judge made it clear that due to existing uncertainties in the case, she could neither accept nor deny Hunter Biden’s guilty plea, putting a halt to what was thought to be a resuming plea deal.
Biden faced charges for two misdemeanor counts of failing to pay his taxes in 2017 and 2018 when he received an income of over $1.5 million each year.
During the court proceedings, Biden claimed that a third party had covered the back taxes, interest, and fees as part of a personal loan he had not yet started repaying.
The original plea deal also included a gun charge and the possibility of entering a pretrial diversion program that could eventually remove the charge from his record.
However, disagreements arose between the prosecutors and defense lawyers over the terms of the plea agreement.
Biden insisted that any guilty plea should grant him immunity from any other criminal charges.
Judge Maryellen Noreika asked both parties to present legal briefs within 30 days to assess the validity of the deals offered to Hunter Biden.
The prosecution suggested 14 days would be sufficient for the task.
No specific date for the next hearing was set before the court adjourned.
The hearing took place in the J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building, named after the former U.S. senator whom a young Joe Biden defeated in 1972.
Hunter Biden has been entangled in multiple legal challenges, including charges related to tax evasion from 2014 to 2019, drug use, and firearm possession.
Initially expected to plead guilty to these charges, today’s events have dramatically changed the course of the case.
The outcome has left many surprised, and observers will closely watch Hunter Biden’s actions as this high-profile case continues to unfold.
Further developments in the matter are expected, and updates will be reported as they occur.
For now, the judge’s refusal to accept the plea deal has disrupted expectations, leaving the future of this legal saga uncertain.