Staying on top of the ever-evolving Anthony Weiner scandal is a tricky proposition. It seems that every couple hours, someone new is calling for him to resign or saying what they’d do if they were in his shoes. Weiner himself is considering treatment and has been granted a leave of absence by the House.
What’s missing from most of the news stories about the embattled Representative is what we at Legally Easy are most interested in. Namely, did Anthony Weiner actually do anything illegal? We know he sent lewd texts. We know he had contact with several women. We know he lied about it. And while the court of public opinion is judging the Congressman for his dalliances, we wanted to know what a court of law might say.
For clarity, we turned to Douglas Berman. A professor at the Moritz College of Law and frequent writer on his Sentencing Law and Policy blog, Douglas helped us sift through the morass and get some answers. You can listen to our conversation below.
(Annotated notes can be found on our podcast home.)
- White House Weighs In On Weinergate: ‘A Distraction,’ Behavior And Dishonesty ‘Inappropriate’ (mediaite.com)
- Could Representative Anthony Weiner by charged with a federal crime? (sentencing.typepad.com)
- Obama says he would resign if he were Weiner (seattlepi.com)
- Weinergate: It’s a Scandal, But Is It Illegal? (legallyeasy.rocketlawyer.com)