September 26th, 2007
11:57 AM ET
11 years ago

Hearing set for Craig's petition to overturn guilty plea

A court will hear Craig's attempt Wednesday to overturn his guilty plea.

(CNN) - A Minnesota judge will hear Sen. Larry Craig's petition to overturn his guilty plea on a disorderly conduct charge in Minneapolis on Wednesday.

The Idaho Republican was arrested June 11 during a police sting in an airport men's room for allegedly making sexual overtures to an undercover male police officer. He entered a written guilty plea to the disorderly conduct charge in August.

Craig has said he would resign from the Senate if he cannot get the guilty plea overturned by this Sunday. However, on Tuesday he said he won't resign until "legal determinations" are made. A political source involved in discussions about the case said Craig has made it clear he wants to find a way to stay in office.

A court ruling on Craig's appeal could take longer than the four days left before Craig's original self-imposed deadline.

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  1. Mandy Esquibel, Washington, DC

    Looks like Fox News has 257 stories about Larry Craig – so stop bashing CNN. In addition to Fox News reporting on Craig, they also are carrying front page stories on: "Vick Going to Pot," "Letters Reveal Sex Life of Vincent Van Gogh," "Eatery Owner Forced to Remove Chelsea Clinton Picture," "Nike Unveils Shoe Designed for native Americans," and oh yeah, "Sen. Craig in Court to Try to Nix Guilty Plea Today." Collectively, highly profound? Perhaps to the fans of Fox News.

    September 26, 2007 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. Joann, Hudsonville MI

    He is gay. He should not be allowed to waste the court money he already made his plea. Once again a dirty republican trying to worm is way out of the mess he has made.

    September 26, 2007 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Kevin Denver, CO

    "When a Democrat violates the law (Gilmore assaults airline employee) – how many articles does CNN post? One."

    Posted By Henry Tucker, Ga : September 26, 2007 11:46 am

    Mr. Henry Tucker Carlson apparently has selective amnesia. Democrats like Rep. Jefferson, fundraiser Hsu, and of course BJ Clinton all were more than well publicized on CNN, et al. Of course, when Republicans break the law, FOX News just trys to claim they are Democrats.....remember Mark Foley (D-FL) being displayed on the bottom of the screen!!!!

    September 26, 2007 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Posted By Shana Gainey, Chicago, IL: "INNOCENT PEOPLE DO NOTE PLEAD GUILTY…GUILTY PEOPLE DO! Unless he can prove that he was tortured into confessing, then I think his guilty plea should stand."

    This isn't exactly true. The system is set up in such a way that a person is charged with a crime. That person may be offered a "deal" inwhich they plead guilty to a lesser crime, pay a fine, and not have to face a trial.

    In Craig's case he had a choice of a public hearing pleading innocent and having a media circus or he could plead guilty to the lesser crime, pay the fine, and walk away without a hearing. Unfortunately for Craig, and everyone else for that matter, the media got hold of the story and the media circus occurred anyway.

    It's very common for innocent people to plead guilty to a lesser crime in order to wash their hands of the case. For the rest of us middle class shmoes we plead guilty to lesser crimes because we can't afford the cost of the trial and risk a jury or judge finding us guilty anyway even if we are actually innocent.

    Besides, tapping your foot in a public restroom is not a crime, even if it does tap on someone else's shoe. It's weird but it isn't a crime. It makes no difference if Craig was soliciting sex. His actions were not criminal. Had he come right out and solicited the cop then he'd be guilty of a crime. I'm tapping my foot right now in public. Should I be arrested?

    September 26, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Michael M., New York, NY

    what did Larry Craig do? People have more hatred for him than for that terrorist Ahmandinejad.

    September 26, 2007 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. Dr Atomic

    Paulz, he was in a public bathroom, not the bathroom of a gay bar. In a busy airport full of children. Long enough for someone to notice and phone the cops. There are plenty of bathrooms where no one cares what you do, but that wasn't one of them.

    September 26, 2007 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. Sean kelly,Phoenix

    This is a perfect example of what sen.Craig is telling all of us, about himself.

    A) Plead guilty and kept quiet until news broke out.

    B) Stated he is not gay and wanted to make no trouble,so he pleaded guilty.

    C) Said he will resign.

    D) Is now THINKING again, and will not RESIGN.


    Are you sure you know what you are doing this time Sen.Craig?

    Aren't you making trouble now for yourself by not pleading guilty?


    If this really is the sign of a Straight talking man on how he handles business, then I can't believe anything you will say anymore, because you've proven yourself as useless, since you change your answers on one simple topic.

    September 26, 2007 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. J.Crobuzon

    Aren't you guys all conflating Rep Filner, who shoved a baggage handler, with Rep Gillmor, who died recently? And Filner just said he was embarrassed and wouldn't contest the charges, which is different from what Craig is doing.

    September 26, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. Jim Topeka, KS

    First Craig permitted himself to be placed in this situation, regardless as to whether he did any thing or not.

    He tried to hush it up with a guilty plea. Now he claims basically he did not understand the ramifications of his guilty plea and wants to fight the injustise. Let's see a US Senator, some how in the whole process did he not understand his rights, the concept of a lawyer, the charges, what did he not understand. You really want this man in the US Senate representing you, well I don't but hes not my Senator. So I guess the good people of Idaho will have to decide and let him know.

    September 26, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. Tom, Austin, Tx.

    Fox News wins rating wars? Huh? The only reason I ever watch Fox news is to LOL at the right wing propaganda they are peddling. There is about as much journalistic integrity on the Fox News Network as there is honesty and integrity in the Bush Administration.

    September 26, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. James, Phoenix AZ

    Just making sure I have it straight....

    When President Clinton was facing impeachment – the liberals cried "it's only sex", "personal matter", "let it go".

    When it's Larry Craig – liberals cry, "Pervert", "Hypocrite", "Resign Resign Resign".

    What a progressive tolerant approach!

    September 26, 2007 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. J Houston, TX

    Just making sure I have it straight….

    When President Clinton was facing impeachment – the liberals cried "it's only sex", "personal matter", "let it go".

    When it's Larry Craig – liberals cry, "Pervert", "Hypocrite", "Resign Resign Resign".

    What a progressive tolerant approach!

    I'm neither and I'm crying that. Good riddance, get another old fart out of Washington. If only his replacement won't already be past the age of retirement and completely out of touch with American business like...the rest of Washington.

    September 26, 2007 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  13. Rodney Dallas TX

    Come on CNN, I'm a faithful viewer and participate in your comments sections. Why are my posts being deleted? I'm on Hillary's side. You're supposed to like me.

    September 26, 2007 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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    I hope this helps. We just didn't want to go another minute without addressing the issue.

    September 26, 2007 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. lorena- portland, or

    Whether or not I like Larry Craig, I just have to ask- Why does anyone care at all what this man does in a public restroom?
    There are politicians and CEOs all over the world committing horrific human rights violations (everywhere from Africa to Palestine to Guantanomo to right here in this country) and the American people are wringing their hands about whether or not Craig is gay?

    Get your priorities in line, America.

    September 26, 2007 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  16. Billybob, Bloomington, IL

    He's GAY, he got caught "cruising", he needs to just go away.

    September 26, 2007 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  17. Mason Myatt Birmingham, AL

    J in Houston,

    Get your story straight! As a conservative you are programmed to rant about liberals and Clinton, no matter what the situation. It is NOT hypocritical liberals who defended Clinton who are calling for Craig to resign. The ACLU is representing Craig for god's sake. It is conservative Republican leaders behind the entire move to force him from the Senate. Few Democrats have even commented on the issue. Oh, I almost forgot. You are a conservative so facts do not matter. Sorry to have wasted your time.

    September 27, 2007 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
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