What happenedHunter Biden – the disgraced, estranged son of Joe Biden – was expected to become a criminal on Wednesday. He was supposed to plead guilty in a negotiated deal with federal prosecutors to multiple tax offenses. Critics had called it a “sweetheart agreement.”
Hunter instead pleaded guilty to the charges, after Judge Maryellen Norreika rejected a plea agreement that would have given the first son broad immunity from drug and firearm crimes, in addition to other tax crimes.
Hunter Biden pleads not guilty after deal with Department of Justice collapses
What does it mean?Hunter’s place in the top 10 sons of presidents (or prime minsters) convicted of crime is almost assured. Listed in no particular order, here are the other candidates who would be considered.
1. Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue (Equatorial Guinea)
In 2017, the French court found that Teodoro Obieng Nguema Mbasogo’s son was guilty of embezzlement, money laundering and other charges.
2. Sir Mark Thatcher, United Kingdom
Margaret Thatcher’s son was fined and convicted in South Africa in relation to his involvement in the coup attempt of 2004 that failed.