September 10th, 2007
12:28 PM ET
7 years ago

Craig formally seeks to reverse plea

Craig's attorney, Billy Martin, tells CNN how he plans to get Craig's guilty plea withdrawn.

(CNN) – Attorneys for Sen. Larry Craig filed papers Monday to withdraw his guilty plea to a disorderly conduct charge stemming from allegations that he made sexual advances to an undercover police officer in an airport men's room.

Craig's attorney, Billy Martin, said the filing argues that the Idaho Republican suffered a "manifest injustice" at the hands of the police officer who arrested him in a men's room at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in June.

Martin told CNN that Craig wishes that he had sought legal council in the months between his arrest and entering his guilty plea.

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  1. Mike, San Fransico,ca

    please senator craig just give up

    September 9, 2007 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  2. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    My guess is that the plea will stand because Craig had a chance to consult counsel before mailing his guilty plea. He didn't.

    September 9, 2007 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  3. RB from the Bay State

    Larry Craig is the gift that keeps on giving.

    Keeping it on the front burner only makes matters worse.

    The GOP must be groaning under the weight of this guy.

    September 9, 2007 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  4. GB, Irving TX

    Who cares if he changes his mind? If this man is so stupid to admit to something, that he later withdraws because it suits him better .. this is the "Bill Clinton factor"... let's get some new blood in office! Thank you!

    September 9, 2007 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  5. Ron Nebraska

    Craig thought a guilty plea would not be publicly recorded? And this man has brains enough to be a senator? No wonder this country is screwed with mental giants like Craig and George Bush around.

    September 9, 2007 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  6. gene, san ysidro,ca

    ...goes to show what $$ can buy...A member of Congress with such a limited knowledge of the legal system...could tha average American citizen afford this legal tactic?, probally not but an illegal alien could...something is dreadfuly wrong with the Good Ole US of A folks.

    September 9, 2007 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  7. John Bloom, Trenton New Jersey

    Does anybody really care anymore? Here is the deal, you plea down your charge to a lesser crime you are pleading guilty with no appeal. You sign a document stating just that. I will not appeal and I am pleading gulity. You then have to state your guilt to the judge. Craig, it is time to leave and go home. Gay or not you pled guilty. Bye, bye.

    September 9, 2007 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  8. Kevin, Largo, FL

    If Craig did not make a knowing and intelligent plea, this is very frightening as he is an elected lawmaker. In this case he is not worthy of his post and should resign based on his ignorance. Also if we start allowing convicted criminals to change their pleas we will open a constitutional can of worms.

    September 9, 2007 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  9. Terri, San Ysidro ,CA.

    ...nice try Larry but you got caught, fess up to your Wife first, kids second...then go find youtrself a friendly priest at any airport.

    September 9, 2007 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  10. Tim, Denver Colorado

    Senator Craig is doing nothing for his party except underscoring the HYPOCRISY of politics in this country. For crying out loud, this man had WEEKS, not hours or days, to make the intelligent decision to plead guilty. And now he's looking for some loophole to be exploited by an expensive attorney. Once again, middle America is being shown there is always a way to get out of a situation if one has enough money!!!

    September 9, 2007 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  11. Thomas

    The act of soliciting sex in a bathroom (gay or striaght) is bad enough when you look at the public health and personal safety issues. But what REALLY irks me is that this guy think he can change his plea now because his lawyers have told him he could probably get out of it and would not have to step down. What a disgusting scumbag!!!! Just another hypocritical, holier-than-thou Republican who thanks he can do whatever the hell he wants and WE the American people will not notice. Get out of my sight Craig, the sight of your pompous, priviliged face makes me sick...you are such a victim. My 2-year old has more morals and character than you.

    September 9, 2007 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  12. David, San Francisco, CA

    AND...he's a gay basher, so it serves him right to get a little gay bashing himself. Enjoy your time in hell, Senator. Maybe this will bring a change of heart, but I doubt he has the brains enough for self reflection.

    September 9, 2007 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  13. Moe, NY

    This man is a United States Senator and he cannot make an intelligent plea on his own behalf...HMMMM...what's wrong with this picture? Let's all hope that Pottygate wraps up soon!

    September 9, 2007 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  14. Bob, Lindenhurst, NY

    Two things I learned from all of this:
    "manifest injustice" = "outed"
    and
    "a plea can be withdrawn if it was not intelligently made" = if I plead "guilty" to ANYTHING than obviously I can plead "not guilty" later on if it suits me b/c pleading "guilty" is not an intelligently made decision

    September 9, 2007 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  15. Cary- Lowell IN

    Liberals will fight for terrorists in Guantanamo to have their day in court, but Sen. Craig isnt entitled to his due process?

    September 9, 2007 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  16. Ian

    Craig still doesn't get it. it's not the sexual aspect that is his downfall. It's the cover-up! It exposed his innate dishonesty and that's why no one likes him anymore. But by all means continue your doomed fight. I haven't had this many laughs for free in a long time.

    September 9, 2007 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  17. Rodney Dallas, TX

    It's funny, there are different laws for different people. Politicians have their set of laws. Celebriities have their set of laws and then there are the laws for the rest of us.

    September 9, 2007 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  18. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    Sounds like another Republican flip-flop to me.

    Do I have to go to the bathroom or don't I have to go to the bathroom?

    Am I guilty or am I not guilty?

    Should I resign or should I not resign?

    ... and I thought Democrats were indecisive.

    September 9, 2007 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  19. Tellit Likeitis

    Maybe he can go to seminary like McGreevy...this is pathetic...so he's a closet queen..the only person who should care is his wife...I am sure she already knew...what he was doing is called CRUISING...so what...

    September 9, 2007 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  20. TellIt Likeitis

    I could careless if he's gay...that's his wife's business....I want him out just because he is SO STUPID!

    September 9, 2007 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  21. Denny Reeves Norfolk, NE

    Ha !! Not an intelligent plea !! If that's the argument, he should not be in the Senate making decisions! Period.

    September 9, 2007 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  22. Andrew, Williamsburg, VA

    It's ironic that Craig is now in a position in which he has to convince the American people that he is a liar (to the police, no les), not a criminal. This is even more fun to watch than Ted Haggard's outing.

    September 9, 2007 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  23. Peter, Chicago IL.

    To Cary- Lowell IN

    Craig had his due process already. The end result was he pled guilty. How many "due-processes" does one get because they are a Republican senator?

    September 9, 2007 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  24. David, Roseburg OR

    *Liberals will fight for terrorists in Guantanamo to have their day in court, but Sen. Craig isnt entitled to his due process?"

    No, that is not the case as none of the "terrorists" have first plead guilty (or even given that chance) and then changed their mind after being given council by other corrupt legislators.

    September 9, 2007 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  25. Dwayne Pruitt,Brownfield Texas

    Senator Spector said it best; it eas not very intelligent and it appears the good people of Idaho have not had an intelligent Rep. for 27years! Keep it up Craig we will be enertained for months! take your great pension and go to the house.

    September 9, 2007 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
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