Legal commentator Nancy Grace harshly condemned on Tuesday what she considered a light 21-month prison sentence that former New York Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner received for sexting with an underage girl.
Appearing on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Grace insisted that Weiner would repeat his offenses.
Grace was particularly incensed because another legal analyst on the program, Dan Abrams, said that the judge’s decision was very tough considering the facts and that if he wasn’t a celebrity, Weiner would have received a lesser sentence.
Abrams said factors that should have been in Weiner’s favor include that he plead guilty, he didn’t try to meet the girl and that there was no child porn found on his computer.
Grace lashed out at Abrams’ reasoning.
“I am deeply disheartened by this sentence,” she said. “And for Dan Abrams to say this is not child porn? … He asked this girl to strip naked, which she did, and touch herself, as he watched on Skype and Snapchat. He could have gotten 10 years. He got a couple of months.”
When Abrams tried to calm her down and say that no one would receive the maximum 10-year sentence for what Weiner pleaded guilty to, considering the “fact pattern” of the case, Grace remained indignant.
Her anger increased when Abrams said Weiner should get credit for admitting to his crime, saying that the former congressman was caught “red-handed” and that he tried to blame the underaged girl.
“He’s done this many, many times. He pled guilty to one time,” Grace said. “I am not impressed.”
Weiner is scheduled to begin his prison sentence on Nov. 6.