When Hunter Biden’s original plea deal was announced, a lot of us were less than thrilled with it. After all, among other things, he was going to skate on the kind of gun charges that his father was claiming we needed more of.
It was absolute nonsense, especially as countless people have been charged for similar behavior.
Luckily, that deal was scuttled and the process began anew.
While I’m not exactly optimistic that Hunter will really get the same punishment the rest of us would get, we were told he’d at least get charged.
President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden has been indicted by special counsel David Weiss on felony gun charges.
The charges bring renewed legal pressure on the younger Biden after a plea agreement he struck with prosecutors imploded in recent months.
The younger Biden has been charged with one count of False Statement in Purchase of a Firearm, one count of False Statement Related to Information Required to be Kept By Federal Firearms Licensed Dealer, and one count of Possession of a Firearm by a Person who is an Unlawful User of or Addicted to a Controlled Substance.
Prosecutors have spent years scrutinizing Hunter Biden’s business endeavors and personal life — a probe that appeared to culminate in a plea agreement the two sides struck in June, which would have allowed him to plead guilty to a pair of misdemeanor tax offenses and enter into a pretrial diversion program to avoid prosecution on a felony gun charge.
But that deal fell apart during a court hearing in July after U.S. Judge Maryellen Noreika expressed concern over the structure of the agreement and questioned the breadth of an immunity deal, exposing fissures between the two parties.
Hunter’s legal team argues that the pre-trial divergence program is still in effect. However, Weiss’ team says the document was never signed by the probation officer, so it’s not.
Clearly, Hunter has top men.
Now, understand that I think the existence of these charges are still a violation of the Second Amendment. I don’t think they should exist in the first place.
However, they do exist and are often used to jam up tons of people who did pretty much what Hunter is accused of doing.
For me, it’s a case of everyone being equal before the law, even if the law sucks. Hunter getting a pass is a middle finger in the face of that founding principle of this nation.
Yet let’s also not get too excited here. Hunter Biden is still the son of President Joe Biden. Do not be surprised if another sweetheart deal gets offered, even if it’s not as good as the first one. Plus, even if he gets to trial, it’s entirely possible that his sentence will be less than impressive, even as others spend years rotting in prison for the same charges.
That said, we’ll have to see how this goes and where judges and juries come down on things.