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Craig's attorney, Billy Martin, tells CNN how he plans to get Craig's guilty plea withdrawn.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

    Senator Craig, we got a saying down here in Georgia that seems to fit the facts of this case, and it goes like this:
    "That dog won't hunt."

    Tap your jiggy feet on down the road and off our radar, okay? This is harder to explain to kids than Monica and the cigar. You guys always wanted to outdo Bill Clinton and now you've surpassed him completely.

    September 10, 2007 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  2. Sean, Minneapolis

    Wow. I Spector really that dumb. Just because Craig's plea wasn't "intelligent" doesn't mean that his plea wasn't "intelligently made." I can't believe people actually vote for these morons.

    September 10, 2007 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  3. Tom W, Dedham, Mass

    His 15 minutes of stupidity are just about up. NOT!

    This moron sticks his piggies under a stall and it has been story number one for weeks now, German authorities and American authorities nab suspected terrorists with real bombs and actual plans to do harm to innocent people and it is either not report or barely reported by the MSM.

    11 Democrats are nailed in NJ for bribery and extortion etc, etc (a couple of mayors were involved) and it gets scant coverage and never gets posted on the political ticker for "discusion", but an idiot Republican screws up.............

    September 10, 2007 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  4. Rich; Canton, OH

    Cary– obviously, Craig already received due process, and the Gitmo detainees have not. Obviously. Obviously. Nice to see that all of you repubs are as stupid and devoid of legal knowledge as the ex- Senator. Read a law book some time. Larry– PLEASE have a public trial on whether or not you're gay. It will be the final nail in the coffin of the republican party. I know– you're not gay– you just have these impulses that you can't control. And your lawyers are licking their chops over the fact that you're going to give them all of your money. So shame; no integrity; no dignity; no truth– the modern day republican party. Thanks, Karl.

    September 10, 2007 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  5. Thomas New York, NY

    I think he deserves a chance to clear his name;the act of the Rebublican party to want him to "disappear" is a sham.

    September 10, 2007 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  6. John, Kansas City, MO

    Cary, Craig had his due process...he had several weeks to discuss his options with an attorney (whether or not he chose to do that is irrelevant) and then he pled guilty...end of story.

    September 10, 2007 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  7. red

    this man is not above the law, if he gets away with this then its for sure our system is corrupt to the point of non-repair. He plead guilty, and he knew what he was doing... he just got caught this time

    September 10, 2007 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  8. Bill, westbury New York

    Larry, I truly hope you are successful in overturning your guilty plea. That way, when you go to trial the police can testify in disgusting detail all the special signals and gestures used by homosexuals in well known 'cruising' bathrooms to solicit anonymous sex. (the signals you yourself used that elicited your guilty plea in the first place). And how you were well out of your way to use this known hook-up lavatory. Let the world know that you just can't possibly accidentally bump feet in a mens room stall lest the floor was greased with butter.

    September 10, 2007 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  9. Thomas, St. Petersburg, FL

    I'm tired of hearing about "Brokeback Bathroom". This gutter rat Craig has no shame. He is an absolute disgrace. My sincere sympathy to his unfortunate wife.

    September 10, 2007 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  10. Dudes, New York City, NY

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

    Uhhh, he already had his due process and he pleaded guilty. But thanks for the mindless Republican commentary.

    September 10, 2007 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  11. Kathleen, Alexandria, VA

    Larry Flynt has run an ad offering a million dollars to anyone who will come forward and prove that they had sex with a politician. Does Larry Craig really want to go there? I have no doubt that there are people who could reveal sexual encounters with him.

    September 10, 2007 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  12. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    To many, Craig is guilty as charged. If he can withdraw his "compromised" guilty plea, he would be charged at a higher "crime".

    Withdrawing the plea, if allowed, will cause more pain to himself, his family, and the republican party in days and months to come.

    His political life is mostly over and he should just fade away.

    September 10, 2007 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  13. Derian

    I thought I'd heard it all until I saw someone try to equate Guantanamo and the Craig fiasco... the ideology war in this country between right and left continues to do us more harm than any terrorists ever could hope to...
    Let Larry go to trial – and charge him with the full slate of solicitation charges, and we'll just sit back and be amused at the testimony as it comes forth... (tapping foot, impatiently)

    September 10, 2007 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  14. Chicago, IL

    Lowell IN: Liberals will fight for terrorists in Guantanamo to have their day in court, but Sen. Craig isn’t entitled to his due process?

    Lowell, Sen. Craig had his chance at due process, he waived that right when he entered the guilty plea. He chose to plead guilty in lieu of a protracted court case. The prisoners in Guantanamo have been locked up for years and never seen a judge or a lawyer. I don't see your comparison. In fact, your attempt is typical conservative response: emotion based reactionism, with little basis in actual fact.

    September 10, 2007 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  15. Ian, Eastham MA

    Cary – I'm not a liberal, but you should really look up "Due Process".

    September 10, 2007 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  16. Adam, San Diego, CA

    Senator Craig had weeks to counsel a team of highly-trained lawyers, make an "intelligent" decision, declare it in front of a judge, and sign all the requisite paperwork surrendering his right to appeal.

    The prisoners in Guantanamo are lucky to see a either a judge or a lawyer for months at a time, let alone receive a chance to plead one way or the other. THAT is the difference. Senator Craig had his day in court– he doesn't get two. What he needs to do is accept the consequences of his actions, if not from a moral standpoint, then at least from a legal one, and stop drawing attention of a congress already rife with scandal and embarrassment from both parties.

    September 10, 2007 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  17. Pat, Huntington, NY

    Whether or not Craig is guilty of soliciting bathroom sex is besides the point of the real crime committed here – his attempt to escape any prosecution by waiving his Senate ID in from of the arresting police officer, representing a clear abuse of office. And what a typical republican.

    September 10, 2007 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  18. greg Miami, FL

    Withdraw a plea after being sentenced??
    I guess now everyone who has been sentenced to prison on a guilty plea can also withdraw their plea. What a joke and what a jerk Larry Craig is.

    September 10, 2007 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  19. KA, Portland, ME

    Sen. Craig obviously pled guilty because he did something wrong. It is too obvious that he did engage in lewd conduct. I hope that the guilty plea is not overturned. Any regular citzen engaging in this behavior has to face the consequences, and Craig is no exception. The fact the Craig said his foot "accidentially" touched the officer in the next stall is absurd. It's really hard for that to happen in a normal bathroom stall. C'mon now.

    September 10, 2007 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  20. Teresa, Tallahassee, FL

    If I were a resident of Idaho, I would be incensed at the conduct of this person who is representing my state. As a resident of this country and one who exercises my right to vote, I am appalled by the behavior and poor judgement of one of the people who has been responsilbe for making laws that I am supposed to abide by. I am even more dismayed by the people who are encouraging Sen. Craig in this effort.

    I do not expect perfection from any human, however, I do expect reasonable judgement, respect for the law and a sense of personal responsibility. Since I expect this from my 10-year-old daughter it is not unreasonable to expect the same from an elected official.

    September 10, 2007 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  21. Newton, Chicago, IL

    Ian is exactly right. It's the fact that he tried to subvert the system that demonstrates how unfit he is for office. On the other hand, wouldn't it be wonderful if they allow him to withdraw his guilty plea, try him – and convict him on the original charge.

    September 10, 2007 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  22. Dave, Miramar Beach Fl

    This is great! Craig is going to continue embarrass and divide the GOP.The Democrats don't need to spend a lot of money on advertising because all they have to do is watch and point out how the GOP are hypocrites. Is Craig really that stupid to think he has a chance to get this overturned after making a choice to plead guilty? Even if he did or did not mean to look for sex,he admitted that his foot bumped into the Officer's foot.It was unwanted, and that is called assault.
    But what is even better. If Craig is going to fight this, then all the details will come out, and it will make Craig guiltier.
    Go Craig Go! Keep making yourself and the GOP look bad. You are doing the best thing to help the Democrats

    September 10, 2007 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  23. Claypo, Savannah, GA

    Craig is so far in denial. He needs to come out the closet and find a new voter's base, because he lied to the former. I have no quams with a person's sexuality, but when you bash a different viewpoint, then it's discovered you BELONG on the the other side....you are a hypocrite.

    Craig is a homosexual and needs to use this incident in a manner that is consistent with his "true self". He will make a wonderful supporter of gay rights and will receive lots of money for well written speeches at gay festivals or parade's all across the nation. He could become a very useful tool for the the very constituents he once abandoned.

    I can hear him now, "You might remember me from the bathroom stall incident, I said I had a wide stance. Well now, I've changed my stance. I've cleaned my closet and my conscience, so let's go get a right to marry".

    He has lost his Bible weilding army, and the support of anyone else who needs their votes.

    September 10, 2007 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  24. Chip Celina OH

    I'm with Derian when he writes:

    "the ideology war in this country between right and left continues to do us more harm than any terrorists ever could hope to…"

    So much name calling and to what end? One side is NOT going to solve the problems in this country. A concerted effort will be needed so all points of view have a seat at the table and the best solution can be arrived at by consensus and based on a principle.

    Regardless of point of view, it's not an all or nothing zero-sum game.

    September 10, 2007 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  25. Ed, Tallahassee FL

    You'd think if you help to write the laws you might understand them. That's the problem with our leaders today they are more concerned with looking good and air time then they are with the jobs they have been intrusted with.

    September 10, 2007 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
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