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Anthony Weiner To Plead Guilty

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:52 am

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This morning’s New York Times reports:

Mr. Weiner will plead guilty to a single charge of transferring obscene material to a minor, pursuant to a plea agreement with the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan, one of the people said. Mr. Weiner surrendered to the F.B.I. early Friday morning.

The plea covers conduct by Mr. Weiner from January through March of last year, the person said. A likely result of the plea is that Mr. Weiner would end up as a registered sex offender, although a final determination has yet to be made, the person added.

The charge carries a potential sentence of between zero and 10 years in prison, meaning Mr. Weiner could avoid prison. The ultimate sentence would be determined by a judge.

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)


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71 Responses to “Anthony Weiner To Plead Guilty”

  1. Good morning.

    Dana (023079)

  2. This is news.

    Sammy Finkelman (0e8c82)

  3. t could very well be there waas a defense to this particular charge, but a guilty plea like this to a minor charge is way of immunizing someone against all further similar charges, so lawyers like to do this.

    Sammy Finkelman (0e8c82)

  4. A light sentence in exchange for testifying how Putin forced him to do it to throw the election to Trump.

    Proud Prolifer (60641c)

  5. UPDATE BY PATTERICO: Always trust content from Patterico.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  6. too bad there isn’t a way to make a deal where he tells us why Hillary’s emails got on his computer… although I’m shocked there was room for any emails given all the pictures of his dick that he seems to have

    steveg (b66960)

  7. Why didn’t the DOJ get into the emails?

    mg (31009b)

  8. Hope he gets the help he needs… from cellmate Bubba.

    Colonel Haiku (ef3fae)

  9. My trust has wavered since your vote for the self promoting dullard Evan McMullin.

    steveg (b66960)

  10. Trump should pardon him. And give him a 10% commission on all his, and his family’s and in-laws’, earnings for the next four years.

    nk (dbc370)

  11. Without Weiner’s wienie, the teeny-wienie would not have won.

    nk (dbc370)

  12. It’s no longer speculative. It’s a done deal. And it looks like he’ll get prison time.

    And oddly enough I don’t feel any need to be pleased that this Democrat who so often lectured conservatives on their evils is going to prison.

    NEW YORK — Former Congressman Anthony Weiner pleaded guilty to criminal charges on Friday in an investigation of his online communications with a teenage girl in North Carolina, CBS News has confirmed.

    The judge accepted Weiner’s guilty plea to a charge of transmitting sexual material to a minor. He agreed to not appeal any sentence between 21 and 27 months in prison…

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  13. With apologies to Johnny Rivers…

    There’s a man who leads the life of Danger;
    With every pix he takes, he gets stranger;
    In every email sent; each photo proved he’s bent;
    Odds are he will tweet again tomorrow.

    Carlos Danger, man!
    Carlos Danger, man!

    They’ve got your prison number,
    And registered your name.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  14. it’s just like anna and john on downton abbey

    but love will find a way


    huma and anthony, they’ve already been through so much together

    this can’t be the end

    it just can’t be

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  15. I’m no lawyer but it seems like Weiner is agreeing, per his plea bargain, he goes to prison for 21 months but no more than 27 months.

    What say the legal beagles?

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  16. Who cares? Anthony Weiner is not something you kick when you see it on a sidewalk. It’s something you step around.

    nk (dbc370)

  17. DCSCA (797bc0) — 5/19/2017 @ 8:58 am

    HEH! I can’t believe you beat both me and the Colonel to it.

    felipe (b5e0f4)

  18. And we come full circle, eh Patterico?

    SPQR (a3a747)

  19. teh Carlos Dangler…

    Colonel Haiku (c230be)

  20. … and to top it off, as part of the sentence/treatment, Carlos has to give up his IPhone.

    Take note, Mr. President.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  21. DCSCA, when Trump sexts a pic of his crotch, let me know.

    In the meantime what Trump is doing on twitter and whatWeiner did on twitter is not remotely comparable. You don’t understand the difference between a drug dealer and a pharmacist. That’s only your fault.

    And the thing is I think Trump should shut up. But to try to draw a parallel between what Trump does on twitter and what Weiner did on twitter is ridiculous and humiliates the people who try it. That would be you, scumbag.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  22. 2 years, perhaps not enough? Or is 20 years too much?

    A former uniformed Secret Service officer was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for sending sexually explicit photos of himself to underage girls — while he was on duty at the White House.

    Lee Robert Moore, 38, of Church Hill, Maryland, pleaded guilty in March to enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity and attempting to transfer obscene materials to a minor. The Secret Service fired him after his arrest in November 2015.

    At the time of his arrest, Moore was assigned to protect the White House complex, and prosecutors said he sent some of the materials while on guard duty at the White House.

    Moore’s wife urged U.S. District Judge Daniel T.K. Hurley in court documents to sentence her husband, a retired Marine and father of two children, to the minimum sentence of 10 years.

    “I can honestly say he is still a genuinely good and decent person,” she wrote. “I ask that you consider the lowest possible sentence as it would greatly benefit our children, as well as myself.”

    BfC (5517e8)

  23. dearest huma as i write these words i think how inadequate these cruel unfeeling walls are in their pitiless task of inflicting a brutal separation on us, for we are united by our love, which has only grown stronger since this unjust incarceration has been visited upon me

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  24. @21- =yawn= try decaf, Steverino. You don’t seem to grasp the parallel of OOC impulsive/compulsive behavior w/electronic toys. But to Carlos’ credit, he was forced to admit he has a problem in open court. But rest easy… Queeg will get his chance to do the same in time.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  25. @21. And Steverino, we’ll all keep in mind your interest in images of the CIC’s crotch.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  26. Huma cuts him loose… should be good news for a certain Chitown lawyer who likes ’em swarthy.

    Colonel Haiku (c230be)

  27. my belief in love is shattered

    this world, it is a dimmer place for me now

    the colors less bright

    the vistas less expansive

    nothing gold can stay

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  28. lol pat voted for mcmuffin

    lollin (3320cd)

  29. Again, Haiku, I am convinced you got yourself telenovela quality at home with all the shade (pun not intended) you throw at the morenitas (first French Drama Teacher and now Huma). If nothing else, she’ll (Huma) will try her luck bending over near the finish line at Pimlico tomorrow.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  30. nk@16:

    “Who cares? Anthony Weiner is not something you kick when you see it on a sidewalk. It’s something you step around.”

    Or if you’re Donald Trump, something you donate thousands of dollars to.

    Dave (711345)

  31. I have always wondered why Hillary Clinton permitted Huma’s continued employment while she was with Weiner. Dems and the media have always explained that just on the basis of Hillary’s supposed personal affection for Huma, and of course that can’t be ruled out, even though it’s utterly inconsistent with the Clintons’ modus operandi since the 1980s, which has been to reward people who are, objectively, friends but to punish all political enemies, and to take little or no notice of personal feelings in deciding who’s who in that analysis. Weiner was obviously a liability at the beginning of HRC’s formal campaigning for 2016, and became more of one as the campaign progressed. There was a polling bump, obvious and palpable, right there to be had by Huma announcing that she was divorcing (not merely separating) from him.

    So my working assumption has always been the Weiner knew something — even if it was only something else bad that he had done, which hadn’t yet made it into the public domain; but more likely something about the Clintons — which the Clintons were worried he’d reveal if Huma divorced him.

    Sexting a minor, though — something for which there must be indisputable and overwhelming digital proof beyond a reasonable doubt — is going to mean a felony conviction and, probably, some jail time even as a first offense. Weiner’s likely now in heavy debt for legal fees — unlike his fellow disgraced New York Democrat and sexual criminal Eliot Spitzer, Weiner doesn’t have tons of family money — and he apparently hasn’t “flipped” on Huma or Hillary with whatever he knows, because there’s no suggestion in the description of his plea agreement that it’s conditioned on his truthful testimony in some other criminal investigation(s) or prosecution(s).

    My guess — pure speculation, and uncharitable speculation at that, I’ll concede — is that he’s now told Huma and Hillary that he’ll do his time in silence, like a good Clintonista, probably in exchange for help with legal fees (quietly, later) and some more vague post-release promises of favor.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  32. It was yeoman work that you did patterico, and you rustled some nasty
    , in the process, who apparently have no concern about attacking officers of the court and their families

    narciso (d1f714)

  33. @ Steve57, who asked (#):

    I’m no lawyer but it seems like Weiner is agreeing, per his plea bargain, he goes to prison for 21 months but no more than 27 months.

    I just don’t have enough experience dealing with the federal sentencing guidelines, or enough knowledge of Weiner’s plea specifics, to have any confidence in commenting here. It looks from the press accounts I’ve read that Weiner can’t withdraw his guilty plea, but he has reserved the right to make a limited appeal only on sentencing issues — and even if successful, any such appeal would only affect (presumably shorten) the length of his confinement, not his underlying legal guilt as established by the conviction. So I can’t confirm that you’re exactly right, especially as to the lower boundary, but you’re probably pretty close to correct as to the upper one.

    That’s not much help, but it’s not a complete punt. Maybe shipwreckedcrew or nk or others with more criminal law experience than I have could give you a more meaningful answer.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  34. Democrats always get off, or get off light.

    Blah Blah (44eaa0)


    This might be being done to protect her custody of her son from New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services.

    Sammy Finkelman (6f9f42)

  36. people said… New York Times…

    Many a rumor started in this manner. Do you have a reliable source?

    Maybe an Anthony Weiner selfie sent from a State.Pen server?

    papertiger (c8116c)

  37. His skeeviness wasn’t a conspiracy. Yes, he’s skeev enough and indiscreet enough to post his inhabited underpants on the Internet and worse, much, much worse.
    I still don’t know who was originally trailing Weiner and why, but it’s clear he was always actually a disordered loose cannon.

    SarahW (3164f0)

  38. Easy kill job for the Clinton mob.

    mg (31009b)

  39. Hello this is the office of the disgraced x congressman.
    If you would like to make a donation press 1.
    If you would like to talk to Carlos Danger press 2.
    If you would like to donate to the Clinton Foundation Dial 1-800 Grifters.

    mg (31009b)

  40. UPDATE BY PATTERICO: Always trust content from Patterico.


    MayBee (a7822d)

  41. Patterico wrote about Weiner and underage girls years ago, literally. Kudos to him.

    DRJ (15874d)

  42. Ditto that (#43).

    Beldar (fa637a)

  43. why are all these underage girls making sexy with old creepy guys on the cell phone

    that’s a dark road to go down

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  44. tragic on an unbelievable scale

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  45. @45… you’re such a tease…

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  46. Beldar @34, it looks like we’ll have our questions answered on 8 September.

    That is, from what I read, the sentencing date.

    Far be it to say I took any joy in this.

    Proverbs 16:17-20

    17 The highway of the upright avoids evil;
    those who guard their ways preserve their lives.

    Pride goes before destruction,
    a haughty spirit before a fall.

    Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed
    than to share plunder with the proud.

    Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,[a]
    and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  47. I’m curious if anyone who claims I’m getting it wrong when it comes to Islamic scripture is going to have the b*lls to say I’m getting it wrong now.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  48. MayBee (a7822d) — 5/19/2017 @ 2:22 pm

    Maybee! I am nobody, but I have been here long enough to respect your re-appearance.

    felipe (023cc9)

  49. Blah Blah (44eaa0) — 5/19/2017 @ 12:23 pm

    In Anthony’s case, it is both. (rimshot)

    felipe (023cc9)

  50. Steve57 (0b1dac) — 5/19/2017 @ 4:35 pm

    Let me be the first to say that you are getting it right.

    felipe (023cc9)

  51. “Islamic {S}cripture”

    This phrase would be my challenge to any doctoral candidate in (Christian)Theology. IYKWIMAITYD*

    *if you don’t know what I mean, then think about objective truth as opposed to, well, relativity.

    felipe (023cc9)

  52. If you can have a Shooter’s Bible, you can have Islamic scripture. Bible just means book, and scripture just means writing. That something is holy merely because it is written is a superstition from the age of hieroglyphics that the clerical caste is trying to hold on to. Did Christ write anything other than the marks He made on the ground during the “trial” of Mary Magdalene?

    nk (dbc370)

  53. And they can get very lathered over slight differences in their respective smudges of ink. I used to find the contortions of the King James Version biblolaters to explain the mistranslations of koine tedious, but I’ve learned to find them amusing.

    nk (dbc370)


    The Donald’s gonna have one sweet ride to Saudi Arabia.

    The plane’s not bad either.

    Orange hair. Orange leather.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  55. Gimme a break. At Trump’s age, Melania is eye candy only. Heck, from what Ivana (the first) wrote about Trump when he was still in his forties, I wouldn’t be surprised if both Tiffany and Barron called the turkey basters in their kitchens “uncle”.

    nk (dbc370)

  56. To those who paid attention, this story with Weiner is a very significant vindication of Patterico.

    Dustin (c7fcf0)

  57. The Vindicator, [jpg]

    papertiger (c8116c)

  58. So . . . the Huma will soon be single again?

    *growl* 😏

    Icy (155446)

  59. I think Weiner must have had something on the Clintons–in that atmosphere, everyone has something on someone. But Huma is just so pathetic. She’s a follower, of almost psychological import. She is really more like a daughter or servant to Hillary than an aide, and she married a creep just like Bill. And I think she would have kept him had the political problems not gotten in the way.

    Patricia (5fc097)

  60. Weiner’s outcome is so expected it’s almost boring. (Who didn’t know in 2011 that this Timothy Treadwell of texting would get second chances and screw them up, compromising the fortunes of anyone who tried to pretend his problems away?)

    I’m interested more in the wackadoodle that went on in what seemed like a twofer attempt to catch out Weiner (with many possible agendas behind that) and somehow embarrass Breitbart.
    The mystery of it still itches like poison ivy. I could still talk about it for days.

    SarahW (3164f0)

  61. speaking of slithy toves, matt taibbi,

    narciso (d1f714)

  62. @57. At least he has a stimulus; Phyllis Diller she ain’t.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  63. If you can have a Shooter’s Bible, you can have Islamic scripture. Bible just means book, and scripture just means writing. That something is holy merely because it is written is a superstition from the age of hieroglyphics that the clerical caste is trying to hold on to. Did Christ write anything other than the marks He made on the ground during the “trial” of Mary Magdalene?

    nk (dbc370) — 5/19/2017 @ 5:49 pm

    The beef I have with Islam is that they make claims for their scripture that no Christian, and as far as I know, no Jew makes for their scripture. And these beliefs can be tested.

    The Christian position is that scripture is divinely inspire but is not to be taken literally, but literarilly. That is read with respect to what genre of literature in can be correctly categorized. The four fold Gospel is a genre of literature we now know as Greco-Roman history. It’s quite different from the Book of Proverbs which is poetry.

    This is profoundly different from the Muslim insistence that every word in the Quran was not just inspired but dictated by Allah and not subject to review.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  64. What’s most peculiar about this whole thing is what any woman ‘sees’ in him to begin with… for starters, he looks like a cross between a rat and a ferret. Which may explain why he preferred imaging other parts of his physique.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  65. felipe- how are you! Of course you are not a nobody!! You are wonderful!

    MayBee (a7822d)

  66. I’m interested more in the wackadoodle that went on in what seemed like a twofer attempt to catch out Weiner (with many possible agendas behind that) and somehow embarrass Breitbart.
    The mystery of it still itches like poison ivy. I could still talk about it for days.

    SarahW (3164f0) — 5/20/2017 @ 9:31 am

    Me too! I will never ever understand what that weirdness was. What were we seeing happen?

    MayBee (a7822d)

  67. a practice run?

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  68. Even if there never was such a thing as arkancide, somebody in a difficult position might be easy to…convince.

    Richard Aubrey (a09608)

  69. speaking of criminal democrats

    This week, a federal grand jury indicted Texas Democrat Senator Carlos Uresti on 11 charges, including wire fraud, money laundering, securities fraud, and engagement in monetary transactions with property from specified unlawful activity. For all these, Uresti could get around two centuries in prison.

    Uresti—who’s pleading not guilty, unlike the managers of the Ponzi scheme company he worked for—worked as legal advisor to Four Winds Logistics, a frac sand trader. His job, according to the charges, was to lure in investors in exchange for a share of the money flowing in. Four Winds Logistics subsequently went under, owing its investors $14 million. Part of the money went to Uresti in the form of shares, a commission for bringing in an investor, and a US$40,000 loan.

    happyfeet (28a91b)

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