Weiner seeks leniency at his sexting sentencing

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The Latest on the Anthony Weiner sexting case (all times local):
12:05 a.m.
Lawyers for disgraced former New York congressman Anthony Weiner say a 15-year-old North Carolina girl he sexted had hoped to influence the presidential election. They say she told government investigators that had been a goal from the outset when she reached out to the Democrat.
The lawyers say in a presentence submission filed Wednesday to a federal court judge Weiner rebuffed the girl's repeated requests before exchanging sexually explicit messages with her. They say the girl documented their interactions from the outset before selling her story to a British tabloid for $30,000 in September 2016.
Weiner is scheduled to be sentenced later this month. His lawyers requested no prison time. Guidelines call for Weiner to get between 21 and 27 months in prison when he's sentenced in two weeks.