February 28th, 2008
04:28 PM ET
15 years ago

Legal Fees mount for the prosecution of Senator Craig

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Metropolitan Airport Commission has spent over 28,000 dollars on the prosecution and appeal of Idaho Senator Larry Craig, MAC spokesman Patrick Hogan told CNN in a phone interview.

Hogan said that the legal fees spent on Sen. Craig's case account for 20 percent of the 2007 budget used to prosecute cases at the airport. "This is one of the highest amounts of money ever spent on prosecuting a misdemeanor," Hogan added.

The MAC gets ist funds from airlines, parking and other airport concessions. It oversees the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota airport where Craig was arrested in June.

Craig, 62, was arrested by an undercover officer in a public restroom at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

He pleaded guilty in August to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. A soliciting charge was dropped.

Craig has since denied the charges - saying he was not soliciting sex in the bathroom and is not gay. He has since appealed a state courts decision not to let him change his guilty plea. A Minnesota appellate court has not made a ruling to date.

- CNN Senior Producer Eric Fiegel

Filed under: Larry Craig
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Steve herrick

    Give it up Craig

    February 28, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  2. Derrick

    Why can't we just send the man a bill?

    February 28, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  3. From Southern California

    What a lame mess this is..........This will certainly help for the Democrats to take the Senate in November!

    February 28, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  4. Dave C - N.J.

    You should pay that money back to the Airport Commission, Craig.

    You sir, are slime.

    February 28, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  5. kevin

    Another republican hypocrit! He should have been flushed down the drain long ago. Give his wide stance a kick in the middle along with the other republican perverts and hypocrits...they sicken me.

    February 28, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |