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."
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.
I can't believe he tried to get it thrown out in the first place.
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.
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.
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!
Let me be the first to suggest, but not provide, a cheap pun on "fruitless".
our policticans, today you can't distingush them from Sam Bob's behavior
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).
That's because he is Guilty of "toe tapping"he should go to jail where his wish will be filled!!
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.
As Archie Bunker would say PREVERT
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.
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.
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!
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.
Larry Craig is so far in the closet he can see Narnia.
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
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.
For a man who actively worked to denigrate and to deny Gay civil rights, this whole affair can only be viewed as delicious irony!
That a pathetic way to end a career.
This is only going to make it tougher for Larry Flynt to get a bailout.
His attorney used the word "fruitless"?? Really???
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. 8O