Diversion Perversion: Hunter Biden’s Super Sweet Plea Deal
Just when I think I’m out, they pull me back in! Not that Mark Allenbaugh isn’t a great guy to spend an hour with doing law-related chitty chat, but after a barrage of Allenbaugh episodes from Elmer to Donald to Walt, I thought I was gonna get to move on to a couple of other great guests and topics. No such luck. Because… Hunter Biden.
We learned Hunter will plead guilty to two misdemeanor federal tax charges and enter pre-trial “diversion” for being a “user or addict in possession” of a gun. In other words, because of his use of illicit substances, he was deemed to be a “prohibited possessor” under federal law.
It’s uncertain how the tax misdemeanors will resolve, but on the gun charge, which would have been a FELONY had he been convicted, he’ll instead get a couple of years of probation, do some drug treatment and then the charge will be dismissed.
But is he receiving special treatment with this plea? Given our experience with what a rare unicorn diversion can be in the federal system, the answer is almost certainly, yes.
IN THIS EPISODE:
- Sentencing Guidelines for tax evasion counts;
- Whether the “Zero Point Offender” (ZIPPO) reduction will apply;
- The lowdown on 18 USC 922(g)(3), user or addict in possession of a firearm statute;
- Whether Hunter is getting a fair deal, a raw deal, or a sweetheart deal;
- The ins and outs of federal diversion, including how frequently (or not) it is offered by the government;
- Predictions about whether Hunter will get any time in prison for the tax misdemeanors;
- Predictions about whether the President will pardon his son;
Ep. 53, the Zero Point Offender (ZIPPO) episode: https://setforsentence.wpengine.com/podcast/zippo/
Online USDOJ policy manual: https://www.justice.gov/jm/justice-manual