by Sarah Bedford at Washington Examiner
A judge overseeing Hunter Biden’s criminal case sided with special counsel David Weiss on Wednesday by throwing out a plea agreement that would have shielded the president’s son from felony gun charges.
The move could deal a blow to Biden’s defense, which had centered on the argument that the plea agreement floated by Weiss in June was still in effect because both he and Biden signed it.
Earlier this month, Weiss’s team had filed a motion to dismiss the pretrial diversion agreement it had previously offered Biden. That part of the plea deal would have allowed Biden to avoid gun charges by meeting a set of conditions. The other part of the deal would have required Biden to plead guilty to misdemeanor tax charges.
Judge Maryellen Noreika had questioned the unusual structure of the plea agreement and diversion agreement, scrutinizing, in particular, a broad immunity provision that prosecutors placed in the diversion agreement.
Biden’s lawyers signaled in a filing last week that they…Continue Reading