October 4th, 2007
01:47 PM ET
7 years ago

Judge won't let Craig withdraw guilty plea

A judge denied Craig's request to withdraw his guilty plea Thursday.

(CNN) - A Minnesota judge has denied Sen. Larry Craig's request to withdraw his guilty plea to a disorderly conduct charge stemming from his arrest in an airport men's room sex sting.

In a 27-page order, Judge Charles Porter found Craig had entered the guilty plea "accurately, voluntarily and intelligently" and it was too late to withdraw his admission. (Read order [PDF])

Craig was arrested in June by Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport police, who accused him of making sexual overtures in an airport men's room to an undercover male police officer. Craig pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor count in August.

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  1. James, Phoenix AZ

    Oh Goodie – more news about Larry Craig! The good folks at CNN will have at least another 10 days of headlines and "critical evaluation" from this story alone!

    Any word on Brittany's babies since we're covering all the REAL NEWS here at CNN?

    October 4, 2007 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. Pat, Huntington, NY

    From a non-partisian legal stand point [fyi I'm an appeals lawyer], the decision was correct. From a totally partisian point of view [I'm a liberal democrat], Sen. Craig better keep to his promise and resign.

    October 4, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. Ron, TX

    Go figure. The Minnesota courts were the first ones to ban gay marriage in the 1970s. They're still backwards. He obviously never admitted to asking a police officer to have sex in public if you listen to the tape.

    October 4, 2007 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. Robert, Port Jefferson, New York

    Hooray for our legal system. If this degenrate would have been allowed to reverse his plea how many other criminals would have been able to do the same thing citing "old droopy drawers" as a precedent?

    October 4, 2007 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. Peter Formaini, Ithaca, NY

    Excellent news!!!

    Good to see that privilege and power do not always mean one gets to circumvent the rules that the rest of us must live by!

    October 4, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. Ryan, New York, NY

    Big shock here. Glad the system worked for him like it would have for everyone else.

    October 4, 2007 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    The judge is right. It is silly of Craig and his supporters to think otherwise when he, as a highly educated lawmaker, vountarily signed a guilty plea saying that he was not innocent after thinking about it for about 7 weeks. The plea is a contract binding on both parties.

    Craig: Just go away and retire, as you are embarrassing the republican party.

    October 4, 2007 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. jayman

    Maybe next time Craig wants male contact he will be more discreet and hire someone. He is gay and has been all of his life..........hopefully he will admit it and come to terms with who he is. I think Jim Mc Greevy should have a cocktail party and invite Craig. :-,)

    October 4, 2007 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. Eduardo, Los Angeles, CA

    Even the guilty plead innocent...why did he not plead innocent from the very start?

    October 4, 2007 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  10. Call Me Crazy, Dallas Tx

    But... but... He's innocent! That's why he plead guilty. Oh, I mean, uh....

    I'm sure it was an accident that he established eye contact with the cop while peering through the crack next to the door, AND soon thereafter brushed his foot up against the cop's, AND next caressed the bottom of the partition with his fingers. It's just a coincidence that those happen to be the same things guys do when cruising for a homosexual encounter, and that he did these things in a bathroom notorious as a rendezvous point for gay hookups.

    Gee, I can't imagine why the judge didn't let him reverse his plea.

    /SARCASM

    It's not the gay thing. I couldn't care less about that. I just have a problem with hypocritical Republicans who try to impose a brand of morality upon others that they themselves do not adhere to.

    October 4, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. Ramu Ramaswami,Allentown,PA

    I am ashamed to say he is United States Senator and he does not know difference between pleading guilty and not-guilty. Shame for people who voted for this con man.

    October 4, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. justwondering, boston, ma

    Now will Larry Craig finally leave office.

    October 4, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. Steve Nardi, Toronto, ON

    Will Larry Craig now do what he said he would do a month ago and let the Senate get on with their business? Give the people of Idaho the opportunity to have a Senator represent their interests who is not a hypocrite – time to say bye bye Larry.

    October 4, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. Loyda, WDC

    YES!!!!

    Now, Mr. Craig, please leave, aso you promise you will do.... Please do not backtrack, hide or re-interpret your comments ....

    Just GO!!!! Stop embarassing your constituents....

    October 4, 2007 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. Jamil, Chicago IL

    Good bye, Larry. And take it easy. Thanks for the laughs.

    October 4, 2007 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. Eyckie, Toronto, Canada

    Just another Republican pervert trying to pull the wool over everyone's eyes. Too much smoke around the gay issue and this guy. He has a history of doing this and he has always gotten off. Not this time Larry.

    October 4, 2007 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. Pat, Salem VA

    So, Senator...what do you plan to do now, you "bad, naughty boy!"

    October 4, 2007 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  18. R, New York, NY

    I can just hear him now going waaa, waaa. What a whiner. He should just shut up to retain some dignity.

    October 4, 2007 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. Frank Sellers, Philadelphia, PA

    Regardless of whether the judge's decision was fair, Craig is getting a good strong taste of his own medicine and finding out first hand what political persecution and police indimidation is all about. Poetic justice.

    October 4, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. EB Rideout

    Nuts.

    I was hoping Larry would fight this to the end. He's a beacon of morality and virtue.

    October 4, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. Jim W, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    I have two comments on this story. The first is that I am in awe that it would take 27 pages of leaglease to say "your request to overturn your guilty p[lea is denied". Wonder why the justice system is in the wicked shape it's in today – heck, almost akin to our lethargic Congress. Anyway, the second comment is this – to Senator Craig – now Sir it it time for you to admit what you did and take responsibility. You've wasted enough taxpayer time and embarrassed this country yet again as another loose lawmaker. You admitted to it, you most likely did it, you need to go.

    October 4, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  22. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    Senator, the facts are clear. Guilty as charged. Now go away. You are a pimple on the GOP's butt.

    October 4, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. Terry, El Paso, TX

    Hang in there Larry. Appeal that decision all the way to the Supreme Court. You didn't do anything wrong!!!

    We need to keep this story alive.

    October 4, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  24. Joe Powers, Richmond, Virginia

    I am glad the judge denied Craig's withdraw guilty plea. Why should it be okay for a high power official get special treatment? His circumstances are no different than what happens every day in the court system to regular people.

    October 4, 2007 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. Dan - St. Paul, MN

    Poor Larry. He was probably hoping to get a trial and some jail time for a little jailhouse love.

    October 4, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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