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Craig's attorney, Billy Martin, tells CNN how he plans to get Craig's guilty plea withdrawn.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

    Well said, Derian. I couldn't have said it better myself (see comment on ideological wars on extreme left and right).

    I say let Craig try his hand at reversing the guilty plea. As others have said previously, the determination has already been made. To attempt an an appeal (i. e. overturn a guilty plea) where one is not warranted and cannot, legally, be contrived...is a what I call political salaciousness. Craig is simply wasting time – stalling – in a wild attempt to save his name and rid himself of his most despised label – being termed "gay." I highly doubt any lawyer – no matter the expense – would be able to save him from himself right now.

    September 10, 2007 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. Emily, Albany NY

    If Craig is so fond of making such "unintelligent" decisions, how could he be trusted to be make intelligent decisions as a Senator??
    I would think it's basic common sense that tells someone not to admit to something that they didn't do.

    September 10, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. Joseph, San Francisco CA

    If the law allows him to clear his name, then he should do so, and people shouldn't bash him for selecting talented counsel to do so. Let's see where the evidence points before we decide whether he did what was alleged. Just because people don't exercise their rights to the utmost, and just because most people cannot afford brilliant counsel, doesn't justify the jealously and envy people over Craig's privileged defense. The law doesn't change just because you have a good lawyer. It would be a perfect world if everyone had a strong advocate to exercise their legal rights, but that doesn't mean it will ever be a reality. Anti-elitist sour grapes is what I hear.

    September 10, 2007 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. Derek, Sacramento CA

    Well, we'll see very quickly how our "two-tier" justice system works in this country. One for the masses (which don't have the influence or cash) and the other for the privileged (which obviously do). We've heard time and again that once a plea is entered it can't be changed...let's see if the court actually follows their own rules.

    September 10, 2007 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. Steve, Portland, OR

    Mistakenly pleaded guilty. Well I guess that explains all the hypocrasy your life has become and now your in denial. Great job Senator.

    September 10, 2007 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. PJH, Washington, DC

    Let's be clear: Craig was not accused of, nor did he plead guilty to "Being Gay" Indecency is illegal. The man was accused of being a pervert. Let's keep homosexuality out of it.

    September 10, 2007 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. Nickii, Tempe, AZ

    The damage is done, the former senator screw-up! He just needs to give up the fight and accept the fact that we all know, that he likes to get his kicks in the men's toilet room with other dirty men. Shouldn’t the Courts hold him in-contempt for lying on his guilty plea?

    September 10, 2007 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. andrew s rostolder hillsdale nj

    hmmmmmmm, methinks larry doth protest too much. he is as gay as a picnic basket full of rainbows.

    September 10, 2007 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. Brad, Columbia, SC

    Well Cary, I'd pile on here, but it looks like the other posters have all succeeded in thoroughly dismantling your Craig/Gitmo equation.

    Tom W., the NJ Democrats bribery story does sound like a big deal, and one that deserves news coverage. But let's not break it down to the usual anti-CNN commentary. I've seen plenty of the Craig matter on Fox News, but haven't caught anything about the NJ Dems.

    But anyway, these 11 are all state officials. That would be one difference there. Craig is a national official whose actions and votes impact the entire country. Do you remember Florida state Rep. Bob Allen? Probably not - he's another Republican who was busted this summer for solicitation of gay sex in a public restroom. Yet where was CNN to lead the "witchhunt"? Again, low-level state officials and their actions tend to make more of a news impact in their home jurisdictions.

    September 10, 2007 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. Linda - Albany, NY

    Like the boy who got caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Is this what Bill Cosby called the "I don't know" syndrome?

    He should be a man and not waste taxpayer dollars anymore than he already has.

    September 10, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. Rodney Lester

    I'm glad he's not running for President. Talk about flip-flopping.

    September 10, 2007 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. Jessica, Savannah Georgia

    Larry Craig should stick with his resignation. What he did was ridiculous and the people of Idaho should be ashamed of him and he schould publicly apologize for his actions. His actions show the way that the Senate has changed for the worse. First, Mark Foley and now this. This is discraceful and he shouldat least admit to his wrongdoing.

    September 10, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. Brad, CA

    Another Washington hypocrite. He took his chance and blew it, hoping no one would notice. He's gay, so what. Get out. Go home. Move on.

    September 10, 2007 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. Tony Fairfax VA

    Well I can't add much more than what has already been said. But is there any precedent for a "recall" on a guilty plea where the accused had a month to think it over. It's not like they had him under glaring spotlights for days on end and his civil rights were violated–we would never do that for A SENATOR–we save that kind of treatment for the disadvantaged and unprotected.

    September 10, 2007 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. Bill, Streamwood, IL

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

    Cary,

    Most Americans expect more from our elected officials than we do from terrorists. And, has been pointed out several times, Craig has already had his due process.

    Do you seriously believe that the police could "intimidate" a three-term U.S. Senator? Especially a Republican like Craig who has been in the majority for most of his tenure. These guys have egos the size of football stadiums fer cryin out loud.

    The Republicans, the State of Idaho and the U.S. Senate will be better off when this guy is history.

    September 10, 2007 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. AURA VEIRS , CLAREMONT, CA

    UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY, CRAIG MADE HIS FIRST PLEA. FOR ANY PUBLIC OFFICIAL, SWORN INTO OFFICE UNDER OATH, THAT LEGAL DEVICE THAT TRIES TO KEEP PEOPLE HONEST, CANNOT BE TREATED LIGHTLY. HISS WAS JAILED FOR PERJURY WHEN A RIGGED TYPEWRITER WAS MADE PART OF EVIDENCE. IN HISS, WE LOST ONE OF OUR BEST PEACEMAKERS. WHERER PERJURY IS MADE ACCEPTABLE, THERE JUSTICE ENDS.

    September 10, 2007 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. Patrice, Queens, New York

    This man is unbelieveably stupid. This just goes to shed light on the intelligence of this senator. Why is he still talking? He should just crawl back to Idaho where he can continue to manifest his homosexual urges in peace. There's nothing empirically wrong with being gay, he needs to realize this and carry on with his life.

    September 10, 2007 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Richie, worcester MA

    Reverse a guilty plea?
    "Not a homosexual" does not eliminate "swing both ways" or "bisexual".

    "Oh, I decided I wasn't guilty after all" and "Oh, I'm sorry I didn't get a lawyer" – grow up, dude!

    You busted your own morality, you admitted it, and now you rescind it?

    Get real.

    September 10, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. V., Birmingham, AL

    A "manifest injustice" did not force him to plead guilty. What an idiot and a coward. Mr. Craig should be a "man" - gay or not, and suffer the consequences of his actions, both in the bathroom at the airport and in filing a quilty plea. Do the right thing, Mr. Craig and move on with your life.

    September 10, 2007 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  20. Rose, Cleveland, OH

    Carig- please stop this- you are a joke and who cares anymore- If you are gay- I am sorry- you bring dishonor to all gays out there.

    September 10, 2007 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. Bos, Texas

    More Money Talks

    Someone trying to weasel their way out of a mess. Why not do the right thing for all the people who put you in office and resign, as your questionable actions are not doing much for your case. It would seem that a first year law student would have more sense. But to make a plea with out council ?..

    September 10, 2007 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  22. jw walters, canadian,ok

    It's ok Larry, your're out of the closet now. Now you go to a gay bar and pick up someone and go to their pad like normal gay people do.

    September 10, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. A Friend; Los Angeles, CA

    He should resign. No politician ever admits guilt. The fact that Craig did proves he is really guilty. If you are a politician, then you should know the law, admit right then you are being set up, and call the press, right then.

    If John Q Public cant revoke a guilty plea, this one better not go through either.

    September 10, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. roger, conway sc

    I sincerely hope the court system reverses his plea and the disorderly conduct charge and make him face the original charge in front of a judge in open court so prosecutor has an opportunity put the fact out there and question him about his actions. It will be public humiliation and he will probably still be found guilty if not it will keep the uptight republican hypocrites in disaray for sometime...

    September 10, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. Mark, DeKalb, IL

    It's always someone elses fault.
    It's okay to ask for a redo, 3 months later.
    Guilty plea does not mean guilty.
    Money buys your way out.

    THESE MUST BE PART OF THOSE REPUBLICAN "FAMILY VALUES."
    'Nuf said.

    September 10, 2007 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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