Human Abedin asks judge for leniency in former Rep. Weiner's sexting case

Huma Abedin asked a judge for leniency in sentencing her now-estranged husband, former Rep. Anthony D. Weiner, whose lewd text messages to an underage girl embroiled Abedin and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the scandal.
By Jackie Flores | Sep 16, 2017
Former Rep. Anthony D. Weiner got support from his soon-to-be ex-wife Huma Abedin in his bid for leniency from a federal court judge who will sentence him later this month for sexting to an underage girl.

Weiner is a former Democratic congressman whose raunchy text exchanges with a teenage girl led to his prosecution. He pleaded guilty in May to one count of transferring obscene material to a minor and is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 25 by Judge Denise Cote of the Federal District Court in Manhattan. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years.

Huma Abedin, who was a top aide to Hillary Clinton, became embroiled in Weiner's sexting scandal when the FBI found a large number of Clinton-related emails belonging to Abedin on the former congressman's laptop. The discovery led to the announcement by then-FBI Director James B. Comey in late October of 2016 that he had opened a new investigation into the way Clinton handled her official email.

"This is not a letter I ever imagined I would write but with Anthony I have repeatedly found myself in circumstances I never imagined," Abedin wrote to the judge, as reported by the New York Daily News, adding "I am devastated by Anthony's actions, and I understand he must face their consequences."

Abedin told the judge she was writing for the former couple's five-year-old son, saying, "Whatever else Anthony has done, he loves [Jordan]" and that, like any parent, she wants their son to be as little affected as possible.

Lawyers for Weiner, 53, filed court papers Wednesday asking Judge Cote to spare their client a prison term and impose probation, according to ABC News. They described Weiner's sexting with a minor as the product of a "deep sickness" for which he is successfully being treated.

"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 defense lawyers wrote.

Weiner and Abedin appeared in a separate court Wednesday for a divorce proceeding.

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