Weiner Cries in Court as He Pleads Guilty

'I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2017 10:58 AM CDT
Updated May 19, 2017 2:53 PM CDT
Tearful Weiner Must Register as a Sex Offender
Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner leaves federal court in New York.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Anthony Weiner has an unfortunate new title to go with "disgraced congressman." From now on, he'll also be a registered sex offender. Weiner appeared in federal court on Friday and pleaded guilty to a charge of transmitting sexual material to a minor, reports the New York Daily News. "I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse," Weiner said in confessing to sending sexual images to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina. While reading his statement, he "quickly dissolved into tears," reports the New York Times. And he might yet end up in jail. Related coverage:

  • Divorce: The New York Post reports that Huma Abedin also filed for divorce from Weiner on Friday. It's uncontested, suggesting no fight is expected over assets or custody of their son.
  • What he said: CBS News has the full text of his court statement here.
  • Prison: Weiner faces up to 10 years when he is sentenced in September, but don't bet on it. Prosecutors said 21 to 27 months would be "fair and appropriate," and the AP notes that Weiner agreed not to appeal any sentence of that length. He also could be spared jail altogether.
  • Keeping track: Having trouble remembering all the Weiner scandals? This timeline of his career from the AP might help.
  • Affecting an election: If Hillary Clinton blames James Comey for her loss, then she should be blaming Weiner, too. CNN lays out how his sexting got tangled up in her email trouble.
  • How sad: Amber Phillips assesses it all at the Washington Post, including the question of why on earth Weiner and Abedin allowed a documentary to be made about them. The "sad" Weiner story is not just "one of the weirdest political stories of the social media age," she writes. It's "guffaw-worthy. Cynical. Just plain puzzling. Gross. Criminal. And somehow totally impactful."
  • Moving on: At CNN, Chris Cillizza makes a plea likely to have plenty of support: "Now, can we please agree to just stop talking about Weiner?"
(More Anthony Weiner stories.)

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