He added that he expects Weiner to get jail time, 'given the nature of the charges and the lack of any real mitigating factors here.'Incredibly, despite his infidelities, his estranged wife Huma Abedin is now asking the court to go easy on Weiner in order to reduce the impact on their five-year-old son, Joshua. '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.
Abedin, who filed for divorce last May, told the federal court a light sentence would be in the best interests of the couple's young son Joshua. It is for [our son] that I write this letter,' she wrote.'Whatever else Anthony has done, he loves [our son].''By 2009, Anthony's national prominence had reached new heights...
'The defendant did far more than exchange typed words on a lifeless cellphone screen with a faceless stranger.
'With full knowledge that he was communicating with a real 15-year-old girl, the defendant asked her to engage in sexually explicit conduct via Skype and Snapchat, where her body was on display, and where she was asked to sexually perform for him.
Several friends, however, were convinced that our lack of children created a vacuum.
There were redundancy problems at work; my marriage was showing strains; and there was something large and unnameable missing from my life.
From the very first meeting, the guilt racked through me.
'I hope the Court will take [our son] into consideration as it weighs all it has to in considering Anthony's sentence,' wrote Abedin in a letter to U. 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.