Disgraced former U.S. representative Anthony Weiner was slapped with a 21-month prison sentence Monday for exchanging sexually explicit messages with a 15-year-old girl.
Weiner’s sexting habit caused him to lose his career in 2011 as he was forced to resign from Congress after getting caught sending photos of himself to multiple women. But what ultimately got him in trouble with the law, destroyed his marriage, and even affected the 2016 presidential campaign was sending pornographic messages to a high school student.
Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, was the long-time aide to failed 2016 presidential candidate and former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton.
After his sentencing Monday, at least one legal commentator is furious, declaring the punishment was not nearly harsh enough and fearing Weiner will repeat his offenses.
On ABC’s “Good Morning America” Tuesday morning, legal commentator Nancy Grace was livid.
Legal analyst Dan Abrams seemed to defend Weiner, noting that the former lawmaker pled guilty, didn’t meet the girl in person, and didn’t have child pornography on his computer. The legal analyst even suggested the judge gave Weiner such a tough sentence simply because he is famous.
But Grace argued the sentence was not nearly tough enough.
“I am deeply disheartened by this sentence,” she said with emotion in her voice. “And for Dan Abrams to say this is not child porn? He asked a girl to strip naked and fondle herself. How could that be differentiated?”
Abrams repeated that there was no child porn found on Weiner’s computer, but Grace was not to be quieted.
“If that’s your defense, good luck … He asked this girl to strip naked, which she did, and touch herself, as he watched on Skype and Snapchat,” Grace said. “He could have gotten 10 years. He got a couple of months … Yes, I’m disheartened. I’m very disheartened, and he will repeat offend.”
“No one gets 10 years for this,” Abrams said. “Nancy, can we agree on something? Let’s agree this is really bad,” Abrams said. “Let’s agree Anthony Weiner deserves prison time.”
Abrams asked if he got credit for admitting to his crime, but Grace responded Weiner was caught “red-handed” and that he had tried to blame the girl in the case. “He tried to use, as a defense, that he was texting 19 other women at the time. How does that help?”
“He’s done this many, many times. He pled guilty to one time,” Grace said. “I am not impressed!”
Weiner is required to surrender himself to jail by Nov. 6 and will be registered as a sex offender.
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