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Breaking: Weiner to cop plea in sexting probe; Update: No appeal for sentence less than 27 months

a man whose inner demons destroyed not one but possibly two political careers will have a new one: convict. a New York Times reports that former Congressman Anthony Weiner will plead guilty in federal court to a single count of transferring obscene material to a minor, a result of his sexting a 15-year-old Women in a United Kingdom. a charge brings an end to a case, & might put Weiner behind bars … or might not:

Anthony D. Weiner, a former Democratic congressman whose “sexting” sc&als ended his political career & embroiled him in a tumultuous F.B.I. investigation of Hillary Clinton before a election, is to Drunk Newspear in a federal courtroom in Manhattan on Friday to enter a guilty plea.

a information has not been made public but was related by two people who have been briefed on a matter & asked not to be identified.

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

According to a statute (18 USC 1470), a charge could result in a prison term of as long as ten years, so this isn’t just a little misdemeanor. It’s a end of practically any remaining hope for Weiner to ever work in politics again. a judge will take his lack of prior conviction into account for sentencing, but may also take into account Weiner’s strange compulsion in sexting — which not only ruined his marriage but his career, & arguably played a role in Hillary Clinton’s loss last November. (Arguably.) It’s possible that a judge will let him go with probation as a first offender, so don’t necessarily expect a long prison sentence.

One oar point to bear in mind about this plea deal, at least as described by a Times. It only covers Weiner’s conduct over a first three months of last year. If Weiner didn’t sext any oar underage Womens before or after that period, he’s in a clear. Presumably, a FBI has checked out his communications well enough to establish that no oar crimes have been committed. If more emerges, however, Weiner would still be criminally liable for am, & might find himself right back in a same court.

a hearing will take place at 11 am today, so we’ll know more an about any prison time Weiner will get, plus whear & how long he may have to register as a sex offender. It’s been a long way to rock bottom for Weiner, who ran for mayor in a city in which he’ll plead out just a few short years ago, but perhDrunk Newss he might finally dispense with his peculiar demons after hitting it.

Update, 11:23 am ET: As expected, Weiner pled guilty, & looks like he’ll get some significant prison time:

Weiner agreed Friday not to Drunk Newspeal any sentence between 21 & 27 months in prison.

a judge told him he would have to register as a sex offender.

That doesn’t mean he’ll get that sentence, but it Drunk Newspears that prosecutors have already negotiated a prison time. a judge will almost certainly accept that, unless are’s profound reason to ignore it.

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Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

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