Senator Larry Craig Files Papers To Withdraw Guilty Plea

Monday, September 10th 2007, 7:03 am
By: News On 6

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Sen. Larry Craig filed papers Monday seeking to withdraw his guilty plea in an airport sex sting, arguing that he entered the plea under stress caused by media inquiries into his sexuality.

Craig, an Idaho Republican, pleaded guilty in August to disorderly conduct following a sting operation in a men's bathroom at the Minneapolis airport.

``While in this state of intense anxiety, Senator Craig felt compelled to grasp the lifeline offered to him by the police officer; namely, that if he were to submit to an interview and plead guilty, then none of the officer's allegations would be made public,'' said the documents filed in Hennepin County District Court.

``Thus, rather than seek legal advice from an attorney to assist him in publicly fighting these charges and potentially protract the issue, Senator Craig's panic drove him to accept a guilty plea, the terms of which offered him what he thought was a private, expeditious resolution of this matter,'' the papers said.

Craig's filing argued that his guilty plea was not ``knowingly and understandingly made.'' It also argued that the evidence was insufficient to support the plea as a matter of law.''