He was ordered to surrender by November 6 and to pay a ,000 fine Weiner appeared gaunt and shaken, smiling occasionally as he spoke with his attorneys ahead of the hearing, before reading from a prepared sheet of remarks.
With his hand and voice shaking, Weiner said that he had hit his 'rock bottom' but was grateful for it as it had led to his recovery.'I focus on how I live my new, smaller, healthier life one day at a time. I have a disease but no excuse.'He also said that he was 'profoundly sorry' to the victim.
He said that he was finally teaching his son Jordan the right lessons. Weiner continued: 'I victimized a young person who deserved better' but added that he 'know[s] my recovery is real'.
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The disgraced congressman said that he was going to therapy twice a week and attending meetings every day.
He shook and clutched a tissue as he said he had saved his remarks about his son until the end, knowing how emotional he would become.
The case led the FBI to reopen its probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server after investigators found messages between Clinton and Weiner’s wife on the former congressman’s laptop.
The 53-year-old had shown a 'dangerous level of denial' and 'lack of self-control' that could put other teenagers at risk, prosecutors had earlier said.
Kramer continued: 'What is required to pierce his denial and break the tragic cycle is a meaningful term of imprisonment.'Weiner’s defense attorney, Arlo Devlin-Brown, said that the former congressman was 'filled with regret' for himself, his victim and his family members.