Saturday, January 10, 2009

Senator Wide Stance Is Still Guilty As Sin

Craig Won't Appeal Ruling in Sex Sting Case

By Ben Pershing

After repeated attempts to clear his name, ex-Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) is finally giving up on his effort to withdraw his guilty plea stemming from his 2007 arrest in a Minneapolis airport bathroom.

A month ago, a Minnesota appeals court rejected his motion to overturn a lower court's ruling denying his petition to withdraw his guilty plea to disorderly conduct charges. Since the case went public in August 2007, Craig has argued that he was pressured into the plea by police and that his conduct was not illegal.

But while Craig could still appeal to the state Supreme Court, his Minnesota attorney, Thomas M. Kelly of the Minneapolis firm Kelly & Jacobson, said his client would not do so.

"This is not a case the Supreme Court of Minnesota would accept for review," Kelly told Capitol Briefing. "It's not that novel of an issue."

The decision, which was first reported by the Associated Press, brings to an end a saga that began 18 months ago with a burst of scandal-fueled publicity and led to Craig retiring from the Senate under pressure from his colleagues.

Now a private citizen, Craig is reportedly forming a consulting company. He has also talked of writing a book about his career, downfall and "the state of politics in Washington today."

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