September 10th, 2007
12:28 PM ET
16 years ago

Craig formally seeks to reverse plea

Craig's attorney, Billy Martin, tells CNN how he plans to get Craig's guilty plea withdrawn.

(CNN) - Attorneys for Sen. Larry Craig filed papers Monday to withdraw his guilty plea to a disorderly conduct charge stemming from allegations that he made sexual advances to an undercover police officer in an airport men's room.

Craig's attorney, Billy Martin, said the filing argues that the Idaho Republican suffered a "manifest injustice" at the hands of the police officer who arrested him in a men's room at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in June.

Martin told CNN that Craig wishes that he had sought legal council in the months between his arrest and entering his guilty plea.

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  1. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    a shout-out to Cary- Lowell IN –

    Craig did have due process: He entered a guilty plea. He paid his fine. End of story! Choices and consequences! No do-overs just because he's a conservative, family-vaules Republican!

    September 10, 2007 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Douglas H DeGroat, Wallkill NY

    I'm Guilty + No I'm not = Flip Flop
    I'm resigning + No I'm not = Flip Flop
    I'm not gay + I want gay sex = Flip Flop

    Time to go Larry "Flip Flop" Craig

    September 10, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. RJ, AZ

    I'm convinced that Craig isn't trying to reverse his plea because he's ignorant of the legal process. Rather I believe he knows it quite well, especially how to get around it. I predict his plea will eventually be reversed, he'll have a short trial where he is found not guilty, and he'll continue to collect his insanely large, undeserved Senator's pay with retirement options. Heck, I'm more upset with the amount Senators get paid for the work they [don't] do than I am about any of them playing footsie in public bathrooms....

    September 10, 2007 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. isthisguyserious

    I'm getting annoyed with this guy. A good republican would simply bow-out and go quietly, why doesn't Craig want to do this? What could he possibly have to prove?

    September 10, 2007 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. Matthew, Cambridge MA

    Martin told CNN that Craig wishes that he had sought legal council in the months between his arrest and entering his guilty plea.

    First I see on CNN that Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is a Democrat (she's not), now they don't know how to spell "legal counsel." I know Time-Warner is slashing the CNN newsroom (that's why we get so many truck rollover stories) but this sloppiness is getting ridiculous.

    September 10, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. L J Mitakides

    Has anyone thought to look at Craig's arrival and departure gates, and just how many bathrooms he had to walk by to get to the one where he was arrested?

    It's my understanding that it is on gay websites as a "hot spot." How far out of his way did he have to go to get to it?

    September 10, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. pl. at the UN for a while.

    This person cannot be for real–for all the reasons you have stated.

    Someone should tell him that being upright and gay are not mutually exclusive. But living a public lie for 26 years has got to be a mental health issue.

    The worst, though is that his whole family now needs to be treated by psychiatrists in order to deal with the ensued confusion.

    September 10, 2007 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. Eric, from THE Republic of Texas

    In completely unrelated and incredibly more important news, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton has been tied to more than $800K of dirty campaign money donated by a felon who's been on the lamb for a decade.

    When pressed for comment, the smartest woman in America said, "I was completely unaware... blah blah blah."

    September 11, 2007 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
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