Larry Craig to Forego Further Appeals

Ex-Senator Larry Craig has decided to give up on his appeals of his conviction for the bathroom stall sex-sting incident.

Craig is now back in Idaho. His tenure as senator expired this week.

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    Bless His Heart (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by easilydistracted on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 12:57:43 PM EST

    One less public threat to the sanctity (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by jondee on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 01:05:03 PM EST
    of traditional marriage between red state men and their livestock.

    Wasn't his "crime" (none / 0) (#9)
    by jimakaPPJ on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 02:15:41 PM EST
    committed in MN?

    Yes (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by eric on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 02:17:28 PM EST
    but he is now safely back in his Own Private Idaho.

    I remember back (5.00 / 2) (#11)
    by jondee on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 02:37:47 PM EST
    when this story first broke, you (and Rush) sounded like you were right on the verge of blowing this Blue State set-up wide open, Jim.

    Ever make any headway with that?


    I don't remember that (none / 0) (#16)
    by jimakaPPJ on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 10:14:54 PM EST
    Perhaps you can show some evidence??

    Your turn.


    much as i dislike (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by cpinva on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 01:09:44 PM EST
    former sen. craig, i still think the whole "sting" thing was pretty sleazy. he should have availed himself of the advice of counsel right off the bat. had he done so, i'm betting the charges would have been dropped.

    He probably (none / 0) (#13)
    by eric on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 04:24:30 PM EST
    would have been offered a continuance without prosecution (CWOP).  That is the usual deal if you bargain for one, I am told.  Essentially, the charges would be put on hold for 1 year, and as long as you don't get caught doing the same thing in that year, the charges go away.

    However, none of this matters because the REAL damage had nothing to do with the plea, it was that the story got out.  And even with a deal, the story could still get out.


    true enough. (none / 0) (#14)
    by cpinva on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 04:34:50 PM EST
    however, i would have loved to have seen even a half-way competent defense attorney cross-examine the police officer involved.

    specifically, i'd kind of like to know how said police officer (ostensibly straight) was able to become so personally knowledgable, regarding the various "signs" and "signals" purportedly used by gay men in public rest rooms, to make their desires known to other gay men.

    something tells me that transcript would have ended up as part of standard law school fare.


    He had to drop the appeals (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Steve M on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 01:27:21 PM EST
    word is he was all tapped out...

    Ya can't help but feel sorry for the guy.... (5.00 / 2) (#8)
    by kdog on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 02:09:20 PM EST
    repressed sexuality, victim of entrapment/police state madness, butt of a million jokes...must be tough.

    As much as I generally despise congress-critters, they're still human beings.

    The episode taught me to (none / 0) (#4)
    by easilydistracted on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 01:20:04 PM EST
    stay out of the crappers whenever connecting through Mpls on good old Northworst.

    I hear ya, 'Don, (none / 0) (#17)
    by easilydistracted on Fri Jan 09, 2009 at 08:26:50 AM EST
    That merger makes no sense whatsoever. And, they'll never get the pilots' bargaining units to agree to consolidate their seniority/work rosters. US Air and America West are still battleing that issue and that merger took place three or so years ago, as I recall.

    As for the infamous "wide-stance," come on Craig, give me a break.


    Look, if the airport just had a (none / 0) (#6)
    by ThatOneVoter on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 01:29:24 PM EST
    private lounge for "straight" men to "relax"---men only, none of this would have happened.

    That's right... (none / 0) (#7)
    by easilydistracted on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 01:33:06 PM EST
    one roomy enough to stretch one's legs; the two that look alike, not the other one. (That was probably too much,I'll probably be called out. I'll shut up Jeralyn)

    guess the prosecution (none / 0) (#12)
    by Jlvngstn on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 03:51:20 PM EST
    was narrowing in on the wide stance theory....