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 former congressman pleaded guilty to sending obscene materials to a 15-year-old girl in May, after Daily first reported on his sexting relationship with the teenager last September.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.Anthony's former colleagues in government have publicly shunned him, and he is the routine target of late night barbs.''[T]his from a man many once lauded as a bright light of Congress, a possible Mayor of New York, and maybe more, before his all-consuming sexting habit destroyed each possibility, most devastatingly in this final criminal iteration of it.'Despite the fallout from the scandal, Weiner's attorneys added that the Daily story finally gave him the push he needed to take his therapy seriously.'The Daily Mail exposé of Anthony's online communications with JD jolted Anthony in away other scandals had not, and led him for the first time to grapple with the depths of his sickness and to find the strength to treat it,' said the memo.
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.
Weiner's attorneys said he continually sexted with women between 20 and did not take therapy seriously at the time, despite the destruction to his political career and his public claims that he was in treatment.
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.
Weiner's attorneys said this was an exaggeration because Abedin had actually forwarded a 'smaller number' of emails to Weiner with only two that contained classified information.'While the FBI quietly corrected this testimony days the damage had already been done, prompting calls to investigate Anthony and his wife that continue to this day,' said the memo.
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.
His name was removed from court documents made public Thursday, and large portions were redacted. Cote.'I hope the Court will take [our son] into consideration as it weighs all it has to in considering Anthony's sentence,' she added.