Former Congressman Weiner’s Affair And Sentencing – Radio Transcript:
Mike: All right, it’s time for the Legal Minute now with Martin, Harding & Mazzotti at 1-800-LAW-1010. Got Ben Barry in with us this week. Good morning, Ben.
Ben: Good morning, Mike. Good morning, Mary.
Mary: Good morning. So I was reading this article. Anthony Weiner was in court, crying, and admitting, pleading guilty and…or, I guess I don’t want to say that. Admitting to what had gone on or what he had done.
Ben: Yeah, yeah. So I think Anthony Weiner’s putting on a pretty good show. So just for your listeners out there, Anthony Weiner had been accused of having an extramarital affair. Obviously, he was a rising star in the Democratic Party and had done a lot of good things. He was a representative down in New York City and had a wonderful wife who worked for Hillary Clinton. And, in any event, he had these extramarital affairs, had some texting correspondence with other women. That was kind of… He was outed in the press for that, he kind of came clean about that, but then he engaged in some explicit exchanges with an individual who was 15 years old. And I think, probably, the biggest concern for the court at this point is the fact that he had knowledge that she was 15 years old at the time that he was exchanging those explicit photos and text messages. So a really big problem for Anthony Weiner. He’s probably looking at some jail time. He certainly has a lot of exposure here. He may be sentenced to probation by the judge, but I kind of think, in my opinion, this is a pretty…
Mike: Serious offense.
Ben: [inaudible 00:01:27] crime. Yeah, absolutely.
Mary: Yeah, it is.
Mike: Yeah, and that’s what the judge said, too. The judge is not happy with him, so it doesn’t look good for him.
Mary: That’s right.
Ben: Yeah, nobody should be happy with him, Mike.
Ben: This is somebody who has knowledge of the law.
Ben: He knows a great deal. This is not some layperson who was duped by a person online who was young, posing to be older. This is a situation where we’ve got somebody who knows a great deal about the law and is engaging in criminal activity with the knowledge that the person on the other end of the electronic communication is a minor.
Mike: Ben, thanks for hanging out, man, filling in some more blanks for us.
Mary: Yeah, thank you.
Ben: Thank you, Mike. Thank you, Mary.
Mike: Martin, Harding & Mazzotti at 1-800-LAW-1010.