Anthony Weiner is asking a judge to keep him out of prison

Anthony Weiner is asking a judge to keep him out of prison

Anthony Weiner is asking a judge to keep him out of prison

DISGRACED former U.S. congressman Anthony Weiner should be spared prison for sexting a girl of 15, his lawyers have claimed - arguing that the victim was partly to blame.

Weiner pleaded guilty back in May to sexting with a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina. Weiner eventually lost that election, and Abedin left him in 2016 when yet another scandal hit the global press.

She also wanted "to somehow influence the USA presidential election, in addition to securing personal profit", they added in a filing ahead of the 53-year-old's sentencing in the sexting case, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"In fact, and unbeknownst to Anthony, JD was looking for material for a book - one she has now written and is shopping to publishers", they wrote.

Weiner is scheduled to be sentenced September 25.

"My life isn't big and loud anymore", Weiner wrote in his letter. He has agreed not to appeal if jailed for up to 27 months. She cited in her request for leniency Weiner's love for the couple's five-year-old son, Jordan, and the need to reduce any impact he may suffer from his father's legal problems. The F.B.I. found on Mr. Weiner's laptop a trove of emails that belonged to Mr. Weiner's now-estranged wife, Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton. "I am so deeply sorry for the harm I have done to her, and I live with the sorrow that I will never be able to fix that". "I am devastated by Anthony's actions, and I understand he must face their consequences", Abedin wrote.

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During an investigation into Weiner's sexting with the underage girl, Comey testified later, the FBI discovered thousands of Clinton emails on Weiner's computer that were forwarded there by Abedin.

The discovery prompted James Comey, then director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to announce in late October that the agency was reviewing the messages to determine whether to reopen its investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server as USA secretary of state.

On Nov. 6, two days before the election, Comey sent a second letter to Congress saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation had reviewed the emails on Weiner's laptop.

"When we heard this, Huma looked stricken", Mrs. Clinton writes. In May, Clinton attributed her loss in part to the announcement by Comey. His lawyers did not argue that this justified Weiner's behavior.

"The instant federal investigation was properly launched, and then, quite improperly, injected into the United States presidential election, quite possibly affecting its outcome", Weiner's lawyers wrote. On Wednesday, she and Mr. Weiner appeared before a Manhattan judge who was hearing their divorce case. The judge overseeing the case encouraged the pair to try to reach an amicable resolution. "A term of imprisonment", they wrote, "would bring Anthony's indisputably successful treatment for the sickness underlying his crime to an immediate and complete halt" and would separate him from his son, "who has motivated his recovery".

"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". As part of his plea agreement, federal prosecutors in the Southern District of NY suggested a prison term of about two years.

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