New York,USA. Sept 25th: Former US Congressman Anthony Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison on Monday for sending se-xua!!y explicit messages to a 15-year-old girl. Weiner, 53, started crying when district Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan announced the ruling. The congressman pleaded guilty in May to sending obscene messages to a minor and agreed that he would not appeal any sentence of 27 months or less.
Anthony Weiner pleaded guilty in May to one count of transmitting obscene material to a high-school girl in North Carolina. An FBI investigation into Anthony Weiner’s s@xua!!y explicit messages turned up emails that had been sent to his wife, Huma Abedin, then a top aide to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. That prompted the FBI to reopen its investigation into Clinton’s use of private email server while serving as Secretary of State.
Joon Kim, the acting US attorney in Manhattan, said Weiner “asked a girl who he knew to be 15 years old to display her n@k@d body and engage in s@xua!!y explicit behavior for him online. Justice demands that this type of conduct be prosecuted and punished with time in prison.”
Weiner’s lawyers asked that his client be sentenced to probation rather than to prison for an “uncontrolled illness” that was being treated. Anthony Weiner was done dirty by the judge who gave him 21 months in prison … at least that’s how he and his lawyers see it. In fact, Weiner’s team thinks he shouldn’t have gotten any time behind bars, especially because the judge acknowledged Weiner’s treatment program has shown promise. His attorney Arlo Devlin-Brown says the judge chose to make an example out of Weiner purely because of his celebrity.
Photo: Former US congressman Anthony Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison on Monday for sending s@xua!!y explicit messages to a 15-year-old girl
Prosecutors had recommended 27 months, and the judge could have given Weiner up to 10 years — so you’d think he’d be grateful for the 21-month sentence. Apparently not.
As Devlin-Brown puts it … the judge used Weiner to send a message to other famous people to not follow his footsteps, but this “has resulted in a punishment more severe than it had to be given the unusual facts and circumstances of this case.”
Devlin-Brown seems to be referring to the fact Weiner claims the 15-year-old girl contacted him first.
“This is a serious crime that deserves serious punishment,” Cote said as she handed down the sentence. “She was a minor. She was a victim. She is entitled to the law’s full protection.”