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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  1. P. Y.

    Minnesota is better off without the bum.
    Amazing how he tried to get the court to reverse his guilty plea. It would be nice, if just once, bozo's like this would just tell the truth.

    January 8, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. Deena

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

    January 8, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. Once you vote Black

    This is all Bush's fault. He was suppose to meet up with him and return the code sign in the bathroom. How was that Objective thinking? This guy must be of the GOP on the Log Cabin type. Wonder how his wife feels. Soft I bet.

    January 8, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. John

    Now that he's retired from the Senate and no longer fighting this conviction, I guess he can find time to to go back to his surreptitious solicitation activities!

    January 8, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. Wayne, Greenville TX

    I guess he'll be keeping his wide stance.....

    January 8, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. Good News

    Now that is a tune I could really tap my foot too!

    January 8, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Objective thinking January 8th, 2009 2:32 pm ET

    Bush-bashing in 3… 2… 1…

    No cause for Bush-bashing here – this is nothing more than yet another example of Republican "Family Values" and hypocricy.

    January 8, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. Bill

    He didn't do it, he did it but it wasn't what it appeared, what he did was constitutionally protected free speech, ...

    I wonder what his next excuse was going to be? I think the "free speech" one was especially funny coming from a supposed conservative.

    January 8, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. Proud American

    Craig has decided to use his time in airports restrooms instead of wasting it in the courts.

    January 8, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. Big Ed

    Good. You were busted, you admited it and now that it is common knowledge, you want to amend history Just like W. No one is faulting you if you are gay, I think the manner in which you have handled yourself and this situation is disgraceful to you, your family and the people you represent. That is where you dropped the ball.

    Oh, and "Objective-thinking", if it were a Democrat on the grill, you would be adding to the fire. Did you ever consider that maybe Mr. Bush brings a lot of this on himself?

    January 8, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. AnaB

    This guy is just nasty!

    January 8, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  12. What It Really Means

    Larry Craig never thought this appeal would succeed. Winning wasn't the goal. He just wanted to avoid spending the rest of his life as an admitted sex offender. Even though this appeal did not succeed . . . it allows him to tell people he didn't really admit to solicit sex in a public bathroom stall.

    January 8, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  13. Ellie

    Too bad you dirty old man..... lol. I guess that means the FAT LADY has sung right?

    January 8, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. Mister Potato Head


    What a disgrace. How stupid are the people in Idaho? Why is this creep still in office?

    Public bathrooms are disgusting.

    January 8, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  15. www.lee-legal.com

    The decision not to pursue will make picking up guys a lot easier.

    January 8, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. Ken

    That's good for the people in the court house. Can you image the urinary- and bowel-induced fidgeting displayed by all the people in the courthouse who refuse to go to the bathroom while Tap-Tap Craig is there?

    Hey Objective thinking, glad to see you have your red panties in a bunch. Mr. Craig has a little something of your liking in the bathroom......

    January 8, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  17. jimbojim

    Awe that is really too bad. Just when I thought Idaho was making a comeback for the stupidist Senator of the decade. I guess Alaska is still is away out front in the " Clueless" politician category with both a defeated Senator and Govenor leading.

    January 8, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  18. Craig in Seattle

    Hey Larry... do us all a favor and leave this planet!

    January 8, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  19. bsmith171

    senator toilet.

    January 8, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  20. itbeme

    too bad he didn't resign, like he promised. Guess we should have know better. He has made a joke out of the whole state of Idaho. If he had any honor, he would be ashamed of himself. I know WE are.

    January 8, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  21. Don in Albuquerque

    Is this guy still in office? And if so why?

    January 8, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  22. Norom

    Tap Three Times with your Loafers if you Love Me...............

    January 8, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  23. disgusted one

    I guess he'll just have to swallow the decision.

    January 8, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  24. Sherrol in Canada

    Another one bites the dust................

    January 8, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  25. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    Larry needs to appeal to his inner self and come out of the closet already and help get rid of Prop 8

    January 8, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
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