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. Jack in Florida

    To thy self be true...................Live your life in truth Larry and come out of the closet! There is no greater shame than not being true to yourself.

    January 8, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. Sandy

    I can't believe he tried to get it thrown out in the first place.

    January 8, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. Lori

    Republican morals in practice... hyprocrits (anti-gay rights but some are sleeping with men including that Christian pastor a few years ago). I can't wait until more Republican politicians scandals come out... and trust me they will.

    January 8, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. Eric

    lol.. what a mess you have made, Larry. It is despicable that he would pretend this never happened and continue as a Senator. What a liar, what a fake. What kind of man has annonymous sex with other men in an airport bathroom? Which is exactly what he was trying to do with the undercover cop, and exactly what he HAS done on other occasions.

    January 8, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Mari


    January 8, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  6. Alex

    Too bad he can't take it to the NATIONAL Supreme Court... I heard Scalia has a special 2-man stall in chambers that would be PERFECT for Craig!

    January 8, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Let me be the first to suggest, but not provide, a cheap pun on "fruitless".

    January 8, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. JA/TN

    our policticans, today you can't distingush them from Sam Bob's behavior

    January 8, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. Rick in WA

    Isn't it amazing all the weird things that happen in MN? Jesse Ventura, Al Franken, the notorious MN/SP airport (Larry wasn't the first you know).

    January 8, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. Jim

    That's because he is Guilty of "toe tapping"he should go to jail where his wish will be filled!!

    January 8, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. rich

    Good. Mr. Craig needs to appeal to his true inner feelings, come out the closet, and stop wasting the courts time. Glad, he recognizes this. The economy is bad enough. The taxpayers of his state should not have to waste tax payers dollars to hear this man's appeal knowing that his wide stance was his real stance. He has being reluctantly dragged out of closet, wide stance and all, kicking and screaming, and he should just stop fighting, and be honest with himself. He should probably call Ted Haggard for some advise where the two of them can console each other.

    January 8, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. obama-mama

    As Archie Bunker would say PREVERT

    January 8, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I am just glad to see him go... Could he really expect that people wouldn't follow what he does being a US Senator? He should have pleaded innocent from the get go if he really thought that he was. Idiot... Leave the sex scandals to the Democrats.

    January 8, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  14. pam Eugene OR

    Good, it is time for this to end. He is GUILTY. He said he was GUILTY.
    Now he needs to resign. Let's begin to clean up these messes on both sides of the isle.
    Our politicians have become a joke and we need to clean house.

    January 8, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. Lee

    Just remember, Republican Senator Larry Craig is not gay!!!

    hahaha, he just figured he'd put up a fake show of a fight and we'd remember the silly denials rather than the sad truth that his legal; position was doomed from the start because he was caught red-handed in a "wide stance" (along with peering through the cracks, sending gay hand signals underneath etc).

    Another republican hypocrite flushed in the public toilet!

    January 8, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. Mara

    Larry should just come to terms that he was caught, come clean to his wife and live his life as sees fit (out of office). Goodness. DENIAL is a very powerful thing and dangerous.

    January 8, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  17. Mara

    Larry should just come to terms that he was caught, come clean to his wife and live his life as sees fit (out of office). Goodness. DENIAL is a very powerful thing and dangerous.

    January 8, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. Jeff

    Larry Craig is so far in the closet he can see Narnia.

    January 8, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. Jim

    What I find absolutely dumb about what he did was that he proclaimed his innocence in the national press, the Idaho press, and everywhere else. Then turned around and pled guilty. Now why would a person plead guilty in the first place to a crime they did not commit. Furthermore, what rationale would one have to do that when they claimed in the press and everywhere else they were not guilty.

    By pleading guilty, Craig basically let the police officer that was running an undercover sting get by with making the accusation. It's not that police officers don't lie, because they do. After all, look at the Drew Peterson case, the Rodney King beating, etc. It ended up being a case of he said versus she said. Furthermore, under the court of laws of the USA it means innocent until proven guilty. That is a constitutional right. So why would one not make the police prove the guilt. If they couldn't then Craig would have been a free man. You should never take a police officer for his word because like ministers, priests, presidents, congressmen and congresswomen, they all do lie and eventually they will lie about something

    January 8, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  20. Mike

    Just learn not to judge others (gays) you miserable hippocrat. You and most conservative evangelicals like you only pretend to have moral and family values. You are all nothiing but bunch of racist red necks and have no real moral values. You make me sick.

    January 8, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. dominck salemi

    For a man who actively worked to denigrate and to deny Gay civil rights, this whole affair can only be viewed as delicious irony!

    January 8, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. California Gold

    That a pathetic way to end a career.

    January 8, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. bush league

    This is only going to make it tougher for Larry Flynt to get a bailout.

    January 8, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  24. Deena

    His attorney used the word "fruitless"?? Really???

    January 8, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  25. Melissa B ~ California

    Like Larry Craig says, He is not gay, he never has been gay, just the guy in the bathroom that he wants to touch him is gay. 😯

    January 8, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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