Disgraced former NY congressman Anthony Weiner is no predator and should be spared from prison at his sentencing for sexting with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl who dreamed about affecting the US presidential election, his lawyers told a judge on Wednesday.
A judge said she would consider the request. He will be sentenced later this month.
"My continued acting out over years crushed the aspirations of my wife and ruined our marriage", Weiner wrote.
The lawyers said the investigation of Weiner was "quite improperly injected into the USA presidential election, quite possibly affecting its outcome".
Weiner is to be sentenced on September 25 by Judge Denise Cote of U.S. District Court in Manhattan on one count of transferring obscene material to a minor.
But the lawyers assert that her efforts to induce Mr. Weiner "to behave badly" did not excuse his behavior, nor justify it.
Reports of the federal investigation into Weiner's illicit texts surfaced a year ago after DailyMail.com reported that he had engaged in a lewd online relationship with the girl.
Abedin, a former top aide to Hillary Clinton, also wants the details shielded from the public.
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Clinton is in the midst of promoting her 2016 election memoir, What Happened, and she has raged against then-FBI Director James Comey's letter to Congress last October announcing new developments in her private email server investigation. In May, Clinton attributed her loss in part to the announcement by Comey.
In arguing for probation, Weiner's lawyers, Arlo Devlin-Brown and Erin Monju, said that his offense had been the product of deep sickness, and that he was finally getting better.
In a heavily blacked-out letter, Abedin wrote: "With Anthony, I have repeatedly found myself in circumstances I never imagined".
His lawyers have stated Weiner is undergoing treatment for his sex addiction and a series of tests showed he has a "mixed personality disorder" stemming from childhood trauma.
He has since participated in intensive inpatient treatment and has been "vigilant in continuing his therapy" in NY. "A term of imprisonment", they wrote, "would bring Anthony's indisputably successful treatment for the sickness underlying his crime to an immediate and complete halt" and would separate him from his son, "who has motivated his recovery".
Earlier Wednesday, Weiner and Abedin appeared before a judge in Manhattan who was hearing their divorce case.
Abedin and Weiner are in the midst of getting a divorce.
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