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U.S. Federal District Judge Maryellen Noreika left Hunter Biden's legal team "fuming" on Wednesday, according to a new report.
When the first son walked into a federal courthouse in Delaware on Wednesday, his lawyers fully expected Noreika to approve the sweetheart plea deal, an agreement between U.S. Attorney David Weiss and Biden. As part of the agreement, Biden would plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax crimes and receive diversion for a felony gun charge.
Instead, Biden left court having pleaded not guilty — for now.
The deal collapsed under intense scrutiny by Noreika, who raised numerous legal questions from the "unusual" nature of the diversion agreement to the broad immunity being offered to Biden to the very constitutionality of the agreement as it was written.
Hours after the explosive court hearing, Biden's lawyers were "still fuming," according to Axios, because "Noreika seemed intent on not letting the plea agreement go forward after deliberately questioning lawyers on both sides about the terms of the deal." That conduct, while having upset Biden's team, sounds to most Americans like a thorough judge who possess high character and an instinct for justice.
One member of the Biden legal team was so upset that they "compared Noreika to Judge Lance Ito, who presided over the O.J. Simpson murder trial in 1995 and was widely criticized for letting it become chaotic," Axios reported.
Other members of the team seized on the fact that Noreika was appointed by former President Donald Trump. They argued Noreika had become blind to politics, though there is no evidence to back that idea.
The truth is that, as Noreika herself discerned, prosecutors and Biden's legal team wanted her to "rubber stamp" the agreement without critically analyzing it. She refused to do so.
Still, for someone whom Biden's lawyers are angry with, Noreika appeared apologetic to Biden over the fact that the matter was not concluded on the timeline that he was promised.
"Mr. Biden, I know you want to get this over with, and I'm sorry, but I do want to make sure that I am careful in my view of this," she told him.
Both sides will return to court sometime in the next several weeks after clarifying the ambiguities in the plea agreement and the legal problems that Noreika identified within it.
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Chris Enloe is a staff writer for Blaze News