January 8th, 2009
02:20 PM ET
9 years ago

Larry Craig won't appeal to higher court, lawyer says

Craig may be out of options.

Craig may be out of options.

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."

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soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. Lorna, NY

    He need to ride off into the sunset....I am sick of him.

    January 8, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. Michael, Houston Texas

    Well of course it will be "Fruitless", he confessed. Now folks I am no saint by any means but I am not confessing to something that I did not do. Dude, you got caught soliciting gay sex which is against the law, I guess, so take your punishment like a champ. Besides, where you are going, you won't need to give foot tap signals in the bathroom. You can have all the gay sex you want in prison. I do have a question for all, is what he did illegal? What would be the difference if a man asked a woman for sex? I live in Texas so I don't know the laws in MN. I didn't think it was against tthe law to propose someone for sex, unless money was being exchanged then I guess that would be considered prostituion.

    January 8, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. obama-mama


    January 8, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. Objective thinking

    Bush-bashing in 3… 2… 1…

    January 8, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. Matt

    Looks like his case got flushed.

    January 8, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. Ken

    It is time for Craig to pay for his crime!

    January 8, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. Wandering Shoe

    Apparently he decided not to stall.

    January 8, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |

    Yep, you were "vindicated" and found innocent, sure.

    On the bright side, your free to tap-dance to show tunes until you find a new BFF!

    January 8, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |

    We all know what he was really doing in that bathroom!!! I feel bad for his wife and family. He's a looser for not coming out of the closet sooner!

    January 8, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. regor60

    ewwh, just ewwh

    January 8, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. Karen - Missouri

    Bush and Cheney have destroyed America and committed horrible acts...and we're supposed to care about a sex-in-the-bathroom case???

    There's SO many stories to write about. So many positive ones that COULD be told as an upbeat news to counter all that's wrong in the world today.

    Where's Anderson Cooper when we need him?

    January 8, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. Roy

    Larry, funny how hindsight is 20-20.......you should have thought of all this before you decided to plead guilty in the first place. Since you went thru the motions, take responsibility for your actions.

    January 8, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  13. call me crazy

    If you are Gay Larry tell the truth. I know the hate mongers in your party won't like it, but hey so goes life!

    January 8, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. MikeH

    Larry "Happy Feet" Craig will now fade into obscurity, all the better for him, makes it easier to hang out in Men's Rooms.

    January 8, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  15. Al, NY NY

    Oh well, Senator "tap tap" will now have to live with the idea that he partakes in gay-oriented activities and the rest of the country knows it. So much for "family values"

    January 8, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. Proud American

    No he won't , according to him he's head back to the airport mens room. This time he won't make such a wide stance. Perverted Idiot Republican.

    January 8, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. mark

    He still has options. There are still so many airports he can now visit and freely pursue his lifestyle.

    January 8, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. Brian

    Craig is such a fool! His denial of wrong-doing and insistence of innocence have brought shame to his family. He should have resigned immediately to avoid the public humiliation. He's now back to where he was: guilty.

    January 8, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  19. lovable liberal

    Hey, is David Vitter still in the Senate? Larry Craig never even got his clothes off.

    January 8, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. Sarge in Florida

    Larry close your eyes and click your heels and say "There's No Place like Home, There's No Place like Home, There's No Place like Home" or you can back to the airport and get the job finished...Another Republican Value..Get Vitter to join you next time in case you don't get lucky. I'm certain that he will pay you for services rendered....

    January 8, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  21. Dan B

    Craig is a victim of conservative hypocrisy. If conservatives, and others I guess, would acknowledge that same gender sex happens and is ok among consenting adults, then he wouldn't have to sneak around in airport bathrooms. I feel sorry for his wife.
    Dan B.

    January 8, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  22. Cristine C.

    His attorney may have wanted to use a different word to describe things because there is nothing "fruitless" about it! C'mon Larry, come out of the closet – your life will be so much better and liberated!

    January 8, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. Rick

    I'm disappointed. He should have taken it all the way to the US Supreme Court on the issue of whether a "wide stance" constitutes protected speech under the 1st amendment. May be moot in his case, but it's capable of repetition. Ha!

    January 8, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. Mike

    Face it!! You are a Pervert , no go crawl under a rock!!!!!!

    January 8, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  25. Franky

    Boy...that's one horny Senator right there...

    January 8, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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