September 10th, 2007
12:28 PM ET
11 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Craig's attorney, Billy Martin, tells CNN how he plans to get Craig's guilty plea withdrawn.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. Lyons Steve

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

    Actually, Fascist Boy, "liberals" and moderates and even some conservatives are far more worried about the INNOCENT PEOPLE held in Guantanamo, and even, the guilty, held without bail, trial, ANYthing.

    And, Meester Disingenuous, Craig *could* have had his day in court. He chose *not* to.

    Unless you're willing to let EVERY SINGLE PERSON THAT PLEADS GUILTY withdraw that plea after several weeks or months? Answer that. I'll bet you can't.

    September 9, 2007 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  2. Ron Nebraska

    Cary......congratulations! Your posting makes absolutely no sense but you did manage to put in some good old divisive political rhetoric. excellent job!

    September 9, 2007 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  3. K'ara, denver and colorado

    Sen. Craig should be allowed to try to overturn his conviction because i believe that his plea was stupid and he should have thought it out better because it only made things worse. I also think that even if he is covicted i do not think that he shouls resign.

    September 9, 2007 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  4. Aaron

    Well if he can prove that the plea is not intelligently made, what does that make him? A not too intelligent senator. So either he is guilty or he is stupid. Either way, I am still amazed that some still fight to keep him on the senate.

    September 9, 2007 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  5. Shawn, Zillah, WA

    Let the people of Idaho decide what happens to Sen. Craig, because they are who he represents. Maybe then we can focus on more important issues like Iraq!

    September 9, 2007 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  6. Rich Chicago, IL

    Enough already. The more he drags this out the more damage he causes, he got CAUGHT, plain and simple. Read the arrest report and there's no doubt. There was no paper he was claiming to pick up, HE WAS SOLICITING! Must be hard to be so extremely closeted in Idaho...

    September 9, 2007 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  7. Russ Bergen NJ

    Osama bin Laden Tape? when did he start using "Just for men"? he even gained weight. His eyes changed too.
    Ok its Osama bin Laden "NOT"

    September 10, 2007 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  8. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    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?"

    He had his shot at due process, and after the weeks he had to seek counsel and decide he STILL pled GUILTY!

    Pleading guilty and NOT getting to change your plea IS due process.

    By the way .. did the "terrorists" in Guantanamo plead guilty like Craig did?

    Try again Cary.

    September 10, 2007 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  9. Marc, Boise ID

    Then he's just really stupid, not a law breaking hypocrite. That's much better. No wonder he enjoyed such a lengthy career in the US Congress. Until we demand the end of this insane one party/two faction system, these are the representatives we are going to get.

    September 10, 2007 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  10. Mrs. America

    Maybe he should go back and reverse all of his anti-gay, anti-women and anti-minority votes, say he wasn't thinking intelligently when he cast them.

    September 10, 2007 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  11. Chas F., Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I thought this story had lost its "newsworthiness". Has this man not come out of the closet yet and begun fighting his self-imposed demons? His poor wife and family....

    September 10, 2007 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  12. Douglas Babb_Princeton_KY

    Sen. Larry Craig if you went out of the way to go to the WC further then the one that was convenient when you was at the airport, then you are guilty of lieing about your homosexuality_The only reason you went out of the way to this one WC is because it is the one for cruising for male sex, right_

    September 10, 2007 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  13. Drew


    If a terrorist pled guilty to terrorism charges they would be drug out behind the shed and beat to death.

    Craig has it easy and it makes me sick.

    September 10, 2007 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  14. Lee, Mays Landing NJ

    Check this out:
    Conservative Republicans have no respect for the law, no respect for the finality of judgments in court, no respect for their own guilty plea, which is a final adjudication, no respect for our intelligence and no respect for another man's space and privacy when sitting on a toilet.
    They are proven to be wholly without principal and drunk on the power given to them by so many ignorant people who bought into the bible thumping moralizing that they pander to.

    September 10, 2007 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  15. Jack Clarkson, Los Angeles, CA

    Senator Craig's best chance is to switch parties and become a democrat. I bet Barney Frank would welcome Craig like one of his own.

    September 10, 2007 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  16. L. Nichols, Slim Buttes, South Dakota

    Senator Craig of Idaho, one of the 100 United States Senators we have in America, voluntarily pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge in Minnesota. If what he did by pleading guilty was not intelligent, then maybe each and every vote Senator Craig made in the Senate should come under scrutiny as he may not be hitting on all his cylinders.

    September 10, 2007 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  17. Keith Farquhar, Sacramento, California

    This is foolish and insulting. A United States Senator claims he wasn't properly read his Miranda rights? Shouldn't he know them by heart, and shouldn't any disclaimer by him be interpreted as incompetence? Senator, take your lumps, suck it up, and realize you are done. Quit making a spectacle of our judicial and legislative institutions. Resign.

    September 10, 2007 04:24 am at 4:24 am |
  18. Tom Klem Elk River, MN

    This gives proof to the notion that money is above the law. If he is allowed to change his plea and this isn't front page story for at least a week then we will have proof who really owns the press.

    September 10, 2007 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
  19. John T. Johnson, Big Lake Alaska

    Let me think here. This man is an elected representative of our government and he dosn't know his rights about self incrimination, or the right to a lawyer...But, he pled out anyway...So why is he there?
    Why the change of heart all of a sudden...I learned my rights in H.S. and he's older than I am...We both lived thru that time frame...

    September 10, 2007 04:50 am at 4:50 am |
  20. RIchard Orlando Florida

    The line of Republican "Family Values" phonies continues: Craig needs to contact Florida Republican Allen who was caught for the same offense in a park restroom. He offered $20 for sex, but once he was caught, the $20 was not really for sex, just misconstrued. They need the same lawyer.

    September 10, 2007 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  21. ThirstyJon, Freedomville, IL

    I'm willing to give the guy a chance. Let's see what the court says.


    September 10, 2007 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  22. Tim

    Give it a rest, "Sen" Craig. Just suck it up, resign, and try to fade gracefully into oblivion...all you are doing is making yourself look more and more like the typical Republican!

    September 10, 2007 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  23. Jim Wiesbaden, Germany

    I don't think liberals are the only people who want Craig to resign. Why is that if one disagrees with this issue a liberal label is applied. I personaly know and like liberals, they are aptriotic.

    September 10, 2007 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  24. J. Kellar Weippe, ID

    You got caught Senator and you plead guilty. No one believes your ridiculous excuse of "stress" made you plead guilty when you were really innocent. Idaho deserves better!

    September 10, 2007 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  25. WDRussell, East Liverpool, Ohio

    Sen Craig just forgot where he was. He thought he was at a NRA convention and it was Ted Nugent in the next stall.

    September 10, 2007 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
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