These days, Anthony Weiner is serving a prison sentence for sexting a teenage girl at the nadir of what’s surely one of the most rapid and infuriating political downfalls in recent memory.
There was a time–not all that long ago–when the former congressman seemed to have it all, including the love of his beautiful and equally successful wife, top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
What made Weiner’s many disgraces so much more outrageous than most was not only the fact that he targeted a minor, but also that he seemed to receive countless second chances, only to repeatedly betray the trust of his supporters and his impossibly merciful wife.
Eventually, of course, both the public and Abedin could take no more of dishonesty and depravity, and Weiner lost it all.
His political career went up in flames.
He was sentenced to 23 months in prison.
And in what may have been the most painful loss of all, Abedin filed for divorce.
But now it seems that Weiner may once again be on the receiving end of Abedin’s compassion.
The New York Post is reporting today that the Weiner and Abedin have officially withdrawn their pending divorce case.
According to the newspaper, Abedin was scheduled to appear in Manhattan Supreme Court this afternoon for a compliance conference.
Instead, her attorney submitted paperwork signed by both her and Weiner, agreeing to remove their case from the courts … for now.
Lawyers for Abedin says this doesn’t mean she’s had a change of heart, insisting that she simply needs more time to work out a settlement with Weiner before the case goes before a judge.
“In order to ensure the proceedings have a minimal impact on their child, the parties have decided to attempt to reach a settlement swiftly and privately,” says attorney Charles Miller.
For a professional opinion, the Post consulted with divorce attorney Michael Stutman, who is not involved with the case.
Stutman confirmed that the withdrawal does not necessarily mean that Abedin and Weiner have called off their divorce.
He says that they may have decided to postpone the hearing for tax or other economic reasons, or to allow themselves more time to work out a custody agreement for their 6-year-old son.
Of course, with how much Weiner has gotten away with over the years, we won’t be convinced Huma is really leaving him until the papers are signed.