MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (CNN) – Former Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho may have run out of options in a quest to reverse his guilty plea to a 2007 charge of disorderly conduct in a bathroom stall.
Craig was arrested at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport, where an undercover police officer accused him of soliciting sex.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals rejected Craig's latest effort to withdraw the guilty plea December 9. Thursday marks the one-month deadline for filing an appeal.
His Minneapolis-based attorney, Thomas Kelly, told CNN on Thursday that Craig will not appeal to the state's Supreme Court, saying that effort would be "fruitless."
"There's no automatic right to have your appeal heard by the Supreme Court," Kelly said, "and the Supreme Court rather limits its acceptances of cases for further review."
Kelly said appeals heard by the state's high court tend to be cases where "novel questions" are involved, where there are clear differences between other appeals court rulings, or where cases could have "statewide significance.
"This case doesn't fit any of those so it would have been fruitless to file a petition for review," Kelly added. "We understand that, so that's why the decision was made."