'Anthony might once have been a punch line, but he is now — to many in this country — something far worse, as a result of Secretary Clinton's loss.''While Anthony is responsible for many shameful things in his life, neither he nor his wife should have been asked to bear such blame, for a matter entirely unrelated to this case and the conduct precipitating it.'Weiner says he has been in a serious treatment program for sex addiction and is working hard to stop his destructive behavior.
The memo also quoted several of his therapists who said he appears to be working hard on treatment and does not seem likely to reoffend.
The memo also said Weiner had been punished enough by his public humiliation after the news of the scandal broke last year, calling him a 'walking, talking billboard against sexting with a minor, and would be that even without a federal conviction.''A period of incarceration is not necessary to deter the public from following in Anthony's footsteps.
Simply put, no one wants to be Anthony Weiner, — he is a national pariah,' said the memo.'Since his communications with [the underage girl] have become public, Anthony has been the subject of widespread public flogging and even a death threat in the popular media.
Weiner argues that the teenager intentionally saved and documented her conversations with him in order to impact the presidential race – a goal she allegedly admitted to federal investigators.'[O]ne of her goals in capturing Anthony's bad behavior had been to influence the outcome of the presidential election,' said the memo.
'[T]he immediate, improper disclosure that Anthony was under federal investigation and the subsequent improper injection of this case into the presidential election may well have helped [the 15-year-old] realize that apparent ambition.'He also blasted investigators for leaking information about his case – and the fact that Clinton's emails were found on his laptop – which caused him personal turmoil, shunning from political allies, and even led to him receiving a death threat.
The scale of his sexting means that the images which have emerged - one of him in bed in a state of arousal with his son beside him - hardly qualify as even the tip of the iceberg.
It says his 'self-destructive compulsion' was driven by mental illness, including a 'mixed personality disorder' that was recently diagnosed by a therapist. It says their relationship started when Weiner was stuck at home in New York during a record blizzard and claims that she pestered him to Skype.
At the same time, smartphones and the proliferation of social media platforms had begun to transform users' connectivity and frequency of access to online communications.'Anthony - who prided himself on being accessible to his constituents - moved quickly to capitalize on these new technologies, developing a strong presence on Facebook and Twitter, and responding to and engaging with members of the public who reached out to him.'Anthony began to exchange texts and other messages with constituents and admirers alike.
Some of the admirers were female, validating him not just as a politician, but as a man.
It seemed harmless to Anthony...''[Weiner] has already been punished in a meaningful way by the government, just not in a judicially sanctioned manner,' said 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.''There can be no question that that these improper disclosures exacted significant extrajudicial punishment on Anthony and his family,' the memo continued.
Weiner's parents and brother also wrote to the judge, as did members of his recovery program for sex addiction.'I am writing regarding the sentencing for Anthony Weiner, my husband, from whom I have filed for divorce,' wrote Abedin in a letter to U. 'As would any parent, if there has to be a negative impact on [our son], I would like it to be as small as possible.'Abedin said that despite Weiner's faults – including his repeated 'sexting' relationships that destroyed his political career and reputation – her estranged husband has always been a devoted father to their son.'Anthony and I have a wonderful son, [Jordan], who is [five] years old and is the light of our life.