Federal Judge Orders Hunter Biden To Get A Job
WILMINGTON, DELAWARE - JULY 26: Hunter Biden, son of U.S. President Joe Biden, departs to the J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building on July 26, 2023 in Wilmington, Delaware. Biden pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges in a deal with prosecutors to avoid prosecution on an additional gun charge. However, the federal judge overseeing the case unexpectedly delayed Biden’s plea deal and deferred her decision until more information is put forth by both the prosecution and the defense.
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A federal judge ordered Hunter Biden to get a job on Wednesday as part of his release conditions after he pleaded not guilty in court to tax charges.

The order from U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika, a Trump appointee, said that Hunter must “continue or actively seek employment.”

The order also said that Hunter may not consume any alcohol and must “not use or unlawfully possess a narcotic drug or other controlled substances” unless prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner.

Hunter must “submit to testing for a prohibited substance if required by the pretrial services office or supervising officer,” the order added. “Testing may be used with random frequency and may include urine testing, the wearing of a sweat patch, a remote alcohol testing system, and/or any form of prohibited substance screening or testing. The defendant must not obstruct, attempt to obstruct, or tamper with the efficiency and accuracy of prohibited substance screening or testing.”

Hunter was expected to plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax counts of willful failure to pay federal income tax and enter into a diversion program in lieu of pleading guilty to a felony gun charge.

However, that plan was tossed out the window, at least for now, after Noreika learned from prosecutors that Hunter was still under criminal investigation for other matters. “I cannot accept the plea agreement today,” she said.


“These agreements are not straightforward and they contain atypical provisions,” she said. “I’m not in a position where I can decide to accept or reject a plea agreement and I need to defer it.”

The deal hit a snag when Noreika asked federal prosecutor Leo Wise whether there was an ongoing criminal investigation into Hunter.

“There is,” Wise responded, noting that he could not give further details.

When Noreika asked if the ongoing criminal investigation could result in the DOJ potentially bringing charges related to the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), Wise responded, “Yes.”

Defense attorney Chris Clark said that he believed that the plea deal had closed the door on the possibility that any additional charges would be brought. “As far as I’m concerned, the plea agreement is null and void,” he said.

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