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Larry Craig Makes Second Attempt to Withdraw Guilty Plea

Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) asked the Minnesota state Court of Appeals on Tuesday to reverse a lower court's decision preventing him from withdrawing his guilty plea following a sex sting last June at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Capitol Briefing readers -- and much of the known world -- will remember that Craig pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct charges after he was accused of soliciting sex, via hand signals, from an undercover police officer in an airport bathroom.

After the story came out, Craig tried to withdraw his guilty plea, arguing that his behavior was not illegal and that he was pressured into the plea by police. Hennepin County District Court Judge Charles Porter rejected Craig's withdrawal attempt in October.

Now, Craig -- who has irritated many GOP colleagues by staying in the Senate to finish his term -- is trying again at the next rung on the judicial ladder.

Craig's attorney's filed a 27-page brief Tuesday with the appeals court that appears to repeat many of Craig's earlier arguments.

"Throughout this trying time, Sen. Craig has maintained his innocence and has remained a dedicated public servant who continues to serve the people of Idaho with honor and distinction as he has done for the past 27 years," Craig attorney Billy Martin said in a statement, according to the Associated Press.

The state of Minnesota now has 45 days to respond to the latest filing.

-- Ben Pershing

By Ben Pershing  |  January 8, 2008; 7:31 PM ET
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Give it up, Larry. You are now and will forever be "that bathroom stall guy." Do I need to tap it out with my foot for you? GIVE IT UP.

Posted by: GCE | January 8, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Join the ranks of Bob Packwood and Tom Delay and Trent Lott and all the other formerly high-n-mighty: be a LOBBYIST!

Posted by: GCE | January 8, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Maintains his innocence, public servant, yeah yeah yeah. Even if all that is true, it's beside the point in an appeal of the lower court's decision. What procedural errors does the appeal claim were made by the lower court judge in making his ruling?

Posted by: BW | January 8, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

come on. let him not only withdraw his plea, let the court just dismiss the charge. so what did he do? It might make his right-leaning GOP supporters cringe, but i have a difficult time finding craig guilty of any crime. if the voters of idaho don't approve, let them express themselves at the ballot box.

Posted by: robert | January 8, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Larry Craig is the gift to Democrats that just keeps giving and giving.

Posted by: sauerkraut | January 8, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

The return of Mr. Wide Stance-Can't-Keep-It-In-My-Pants....

Posted by: braultrl | January 8, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

I kind of hope the MN Supreme Court lets him withdraw his plea.

It would be cool to watch a Republican go out and hire a ***TRIAL LAWYER*** !!!

Posted by: jimk8mr | January 8, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

If the charge is unconstitutional, then why not the plea?

Posted by: HI | January 8, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

join the ranks of lobbyists? He is attempting to join the ranks of the dems -

Franks, Studds, et al.

He has all the qualifications except one: A big red D next to his name.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 8, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Join the ranks of White House Spiritual Leader Pastor Ted Haggard (R), Jeb, the RPOF Backroom Insiders, Jeb's male companion Congressman Mark Foley (Republican, Florida), the Singing Senators, Florida Congressman Bob Allen (R)- The Merritt Island Republican was accused of peering over a stall in a men's public park restroom, then agreeing to pay $20 to perform RPOF-style oral sex on Titusville officer Danny Kavanaugh.

"I don't know what you're into," Allen (R) said.

Kavanaugh asked if Allen wanted oral sex.

"I was thinking you would want one," Allen (R) said.

"But you'll still give me the $20 for that, right?" Kavanaugh said.

"I would not argue with that," Allen (Republi-can) answered.

Allen was elected to the Florida House in 2000. He was chairman of the House Committee on Energy and a Florida co-chair for U.S. Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign. Allen sat on the board of the Girls and Boys Town of Central Florida and on Jeb's lap; Soon after taking office in 2001, Allen was one of 21 Florida legislators to sign Gov. Jeb Bush's friend-of-the-court brief supporting the state's ban on gays adopting children. In March he cosponsored a bill that would have enhanced penalties for "offenses involving unnatural and lascivious acts," such as parading down the Hershey Highway with a Big Boehner to catch a plane to the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport for the Republican National Convention.

Posted by: Singing Senator | January 9, 2008 7:00 AM | Report abuse

i think GCE referred to Bob Packwood. couldn't we set up a cryptonym for Madame Craig as Bob Packfudge?

Posted by: it just is for all | January 9, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Ted Kennedy is still in the Senate after
Mary Jo Kopechne in 1969 and they worry about this guy?

Fight on, Larry.

Posted by: leo | January 9, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

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