Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho.
(CNN)–Senator Larry Craig is hiring some big guns from the legal world, including Michael Vick's lawyer, to represent him in his upcoming legal proceedings.Craig said he has retained Vick's attorney, Billy Martin, to handle most of his legal affairs. He said he has retained Stan Brand, who represented Major League Baseball in connection with the congressional investigation into Major League Baseball’s steroid policies, to handle issues pertaining to an investigation by the Senate Ethics committee.
The comments came in a question and answer session with Craig that his office released following his announcement he would resign his Senate seat effective September 30.
Watch Sen. Craig's resignation speech
Craig says pending issues, and assuring an orderly transition were some of the reasons he will not step down immediately.
Questions for and Answers From U.S. Senator Larry Craig released by his office Saturday:
Q: Why September 30?
A: Thousands of Idahoans come to me every year for assistance in resolving issues with federal agencies, like obtaining passports, resolving Social Security or pension problems, and I want to make sure as many of these are resolved as possible. What can’t be resolved will be transferred to my successor in an orderly way. I want to make as smooth a transition as possible for Idaho.
Q: Will you return to Washington, D.C.? When?
A: That has not been determined.
Q: Will you continue to vote and attend hearings during this time?
A: See above.
Q: Who is your legal counsel?
A: Stan Brand with Brand Law Group has been retained to handle issues pertaining to the Senate Ethics Committee investigation. Billy Martin with Southerland, Asbil & Brennan has been retained to handle all other legal affairs.
Q: Have you filed papers in Minnesota to begin your legal defense?
A: You’ll have to speak with Mr. Martin or Mr. Brand on any questions pertaining to legal affairs.
Q: Have you spoken with Governor Otter about a replacement?
Q: Have you had any conversations with Lieutenant Governor Risch?
– CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford
I can't help it; I have to have reasonable doubt here. First, listening to the tape of the arrest, the cop is obviously already certain of Craig's guilt, and is outraged that Craig denies it. Yet have you ever been investigated by an overzealous cop? The cop was already made famous on other news reports for his 'attention to detail'. Some cops are in it for the arrest record, the self-assurance that they are white knights, and become insulted when anyone – especially one of their accused – does not agree.
Second, I travel frequently, and I am not gay – nor do I pay attention to any gay 'hot spots' or 'pickup lines'. I might go into a bathroom far away from my gate – simply because I am walking around, stretching after a long uncomfortable flight, and looking at the gift shops, restaurants, etc. How would I know of 'gay pickup spots'? And tall people DO spread their legs in public restrooms, as well as everywhere else... some are absolutely rude about it. Does that mean all tall people are gay?
The discussion about the hands under the stall is completely arbitrary and specious.
Many people are falsely accused – more than you think! – and most DO plead guilty to a lesser charge just to get past the false accusation and get on with their lives. PS it always comes back to bite them, but they fall for the cops' and DAs' seductive reasoning (that incidentally enhances their reputations and caseloads). Craig was an idiot to plead out if he was innocent – but most people who do plead out are misled into thinking that it is the best route, when the only people that pleading benefits are the cops and DAs.
All that said, I don't like Craig, don't like his arrogance, don't like his belief that he knows better than anyone what "family values" are and what laws should be made to enforce his particular brand of them. But my dislike of him and his political arrogance does not color my reasonable doubt – a doubt born of my own experience with and mistrust of the legal process and my ability to reason that a non-gay person can display some 'gay' behavior without knowing that that is what it is. If this teaches anyone anything, it should be that if you are innocent, make them PROVE your guilt no matter what. Your reputation can only improve, no matter what the initial charges are.
White folks kill me bringin up OJ. The in the world does OJ have to do with any of this?? Geez..
Rao Guntur, Albany NY,
"This senator may be stupid, guilty and gay. Being gay or stupid is not a crime. However, like every one else he deserves his day in a court room. He has a right to due-process. Simply, because he gave up his right to due-process once does not mean that he should not be given a second chance. The evidence against him is not strong
enough to convict him. This is not a republican or a democrate issue;it is about our legal rights."
Umm ... He pled GUILTY (to avoid being originally charged with doing something that was ILLEGAL) and thus waived many of those legal rights. If the evidence wasn't strong, he wouldn't have 1) pled guilty, 2) to a lesser charge, after 3) having WEEKS of time to decide if he was guilty or not.
Get a basic grasp of American law before you comment on "our legal rights" in this country.
Nancy Loomis, Houston, TX,
"A show of hands… how many of you actually have reached down to pick-up a piece of toilet paper from the floor of a public restroom? You can use either hand to respond… right or left."
Sorry, both my hands are busy typing, so I wont be able to raise either one.
So how often do you suddenly decide to start randomly picking up disgustingly filthy pieces of toilet paper in disgustingly filthy public restrooms?
Were you a janitor in a past life or something?
How often do you crap at a roughly thirty degree angle which you would need to be in order to bump someone else’s foot in the next stall? I’ve been crapping in a normal position for about 39 years now and I’ve NEVER had a problem with anybody else’s foot.
How often do you rub the bottom of these said disgusting bathroom stall dividers? And when you do, are you hoping a disgusting bathroom genie will manifest itself?
And how often do you plead GUILTY and pay fines for things you didn't do?