Sen. Larry Craig Guilty Plea to Stand

In other news, the Minnesota Court of Appeals has denied Sen. Larry Craig's attempt to reverse his guilty plea in the bathroom solicitation case. On the entrapment issue:

They cited a precedent ruling that said entrapment "exists only where the criminal intent originates in the enforcement officials of the government rather than in the mind of the accused."...."Here, the complaint clearly indicates that the criminal intent originated in the mind of appellant, not in the officer."


"A government may constitutionally prohibit such speech if there is 'a showing that substantial privacy interests are being invaded in an essentially intolerable manner.' " they said, citing a previous case.

"Offensive speech may be prohibited as intrusive when the 'captive' audience cannot avoid the speech. ... A person using a restroom stall is such a 'captive' audience with substantial privacy interests that would be intolerably invaded even by communications less potentially offensive than sexual solicitations.

"Thus, even if appellant's foot-tapping and the movement of his foot towards the undercover officer's stall are considered 'speech,' they would be intrusive speech directed at a captive audience, and the government may prohibit them."

CNN notes the Senate Ethics Committee letter of admonition to Craig:

The committee also criticized Craig for using more than $200,000 from campaign funds to pay legal fees related to his case and for flashing his Senate business card at the officer who arrested him. The letter said that move could be seen as an improper attempt to receive "special and favorable treatment."

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    Closeted gay men like Craig (none / 0) (#1)
    by txpolitico67 on Tue Dec 09, 2008 at 02:46:15 PM EST
    are victims of their own sad behavior.  I am not one for entrapment, as a "sting" sometimes, I feel, is.  But this is a grown-a** man who knew what he was doing ala Preacher Man Haggard.

    Being a sitting US Senator one should be a bit more discrete.  Being an out and proud gay man, there are ways other than the parks and bathrooms to meet men...for something casual or more substantial.

    To be ironic...CRAIGSlist comes to mind.  ;)

    Some people may have (none / 0) (#2)
    by Fabian on Tue Dec 09, 2008 at 03:07:34 PM EST
    a public sex fetish.  

    I think in this case (none / 0) (#3)
    by txpolitico67 on Tue Dec 09, 2008 at 03:24:56 PM EST
    it's more like, "I-need-to-hook-up-where-my-wife-doesn't-live"  situation.  Considering the sordid stories I have heard from DC peeps, I feel this man is all about power...like he is daring a man to out him.

    even more so... (none / 0) (#4)
    by boredmpa on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 02:49:25 AM EST
    CRAIGSlist is pretty much just for hookups.

    I got heckled when I posted a dating ad in m4m a few years back.