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September 13, 2017

In sentencing filing, Anthony Weiner asks for probation and community service after guilty plea to transferring obscene material to a minor

As reported in this new Bloomberg piece, "Anthony Weiner, the former congressman and New York mayoral candidate whose career and personal life were wrecked in a series of sexting scandals, asked a judge for leniency when he’s sentenced later this month." Here is more about his sentencing filing and what prompts it:

Weiner pleaded guilty in May to sending sexually explicit messages to a 15-year-old girl, admitting to a single criminal count of transmitting obscene material to a minor. The guilty plea capped a stunning downfall that played a major role in the final days of the 2016 presidential election.

In a court filing late Wednesday, Weiner asked for probation and community service.  “In sum, a term of imprisonment would bring Anthony’s indisputably successful treatment for the sickness underlying his crime to an immediate and complete halt, and separate Anthony from the son who has motivated his recovery,” his attorneys wrote in the sentencing memo.

“Given the unusual circumstances of this offense and the ability of a sentence without incarceration to impose just and meaningful punishment while permitting continued treatment, a non-incarceratory sentence of the kind proposed above would be ‘sufficient but not greater than necessary’ to satisfy the goals of sentencing.”

Weiner faces as much as 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced Sept. 25. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors will seek a term of 21 months to 27 months, which isn’t binding on the sentencing judge. Weiner must register as a sex offender and will forfeit his iPhone. An FBI investigation into Weiner’s sexually explicit messages turned up emails that had been sent to his wife, Huma Abedin, then a top aide to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton....

Weiner “has already been punished in a meaningful way by the government, just not in a judicially sanctioned manner,” his lawyers wrote in the memo.  “What was supposed to be a confidential grand jury investigation into a personal offense was leaked by ‘law enforcement sources’ and then improperly injected into the presidential election by the then-FBI director.”

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September 13, 2017 at 11:56 PM | Permalink


He's doing comedy now?

Posted by: Joe | Sep 14, 2017 12:15:56 PM

Be no quick to mock the sinners because there is no one alive who has not sinned.

Posted by: anon14 | Sep 14, 2017 1:32:29 PM

So he'll become subject to some of the most draconian and Kafka-esque laws that he helped champion?

2017 has been a banner year for irony.

Posted by: Guy | Sep 15, 2017 9:13:17 AM

A "weiner" is a person who hails from Vienna, Austria. Wein in German is Vienna in English. His sentence should be deportation.

Posted by: Al Jackson | Sep 15, 2017 9:44:27 AM

Anon14. If I may translate, we all commit 3 felonies a day. We are not prosecuted only at the discretion of the prosecutor. Welcome to the Inquisition 2.0.

Posted by: David Behar | Sep 18, 2017 12:57:38 PM

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