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  • Mr. Craig Stays (And his Republican colleagues squirm)

    10/07/2007 3:27:07 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 28 replies · 780+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 7 October 2007 | Editorial Staff
    THE SORDID saga of Larry Craig in the bathroom stall seems certain to continue, now that the Idaho Republican senator has reversed his decision to resign and said he will serve the remainder of his term. Mr. Craig's zigzags have only added to the circus atmosphere... All that said, this was Mr. Craig's call and he is entitled to make it. For the same reasons that we had qualms about the basis for his prosecution, we think demands that he leave or be ousted from the Senate are overblown and unwarranted. Mr. Craig's behavior in a Minneapolis airport restroom was...
  • DiFatta twice detained for lewd conduct in mall restrooms

    10/06/2007 3:53:41 PM PDT · by ER Doc · 62 replies · 2,054+ views
    Times-Picayune ^ | October 4, 2007 | By Christine Harvey St. Tammany bureau
    Apparently this guy took lessons from Larry Craig. Joey Difatta is currently Chairman of the St. Bernard Parish Council and a former member of the Louisiana Republican State Central Committee, until Thursday running for State Senate from District 1. Jefferson Parish deputies working an undercover detail in a men's bathroom at Dillard's at Lakeside Shopping Center in March 2000 stopped DiFatta after he indicated a desire to engage in sex with an undercover deputy in an adjoining bathroom stall, according to an interoffice memorandum written by Sgt. Keith Conley, one of the deputies involved in the investigation. The report said...
  • Craig Vows to Serve Out Senate Term

    10/04/2007 2:39:35 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 28 replies · 1,113+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 4 October 2007 | Breitbart
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Idaho Sen. Larry Craig defiantly vowed to serve out his term in office on Thursday despite losing a court attempt to rescind his guilty plea in a men's room sex sting. "I have seen that it is possible for me to work here effectively," Craig said in a written statement certain to disappoint fellow Republicans who have long urged him to step down. Craig had earlier announced he would resign his seat by Sept. 30, but had wavered when he went to court in hopes of withdrawing his plea. The third-term lawmaker issued his statement not long...
  • Craig vows to stay despite court loss

    10/04/2007 2:12:48 PM PDT · by davidosborne · 91 replies · 2,102+ views ^ | Today |
    WASHINGTON - Idaho Sen. Larry Craig defiantly vowed to serve out his term in office on Thursday despite losing a court attempt to rescind his guilty plea in a men's room sex sting. "I have seen that it is possible for me to work here effectively," Craig said in a written statement certain to disappoint fellow Republicans who have long urged him to step down.
  • Judge Denies Sen. Larry Craig's Request to Withdraw Guilty Plea

    10/04/2007 11:04:11 AM PDT · by NonValueAdded · 127 replies · 4,470+ views
    FOX Newa ^ | 10-4-2007 | Fox News
    A Minnesota judge denied a motion by Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, to withdraw the guilty plea he entered in August in connection to an airport bathroom stall sting operation. The order, released Thursday, likely derails Craig's plans to remain in the Senate.
  • Craig attorneys say no crime occurred

    09/26/2007 12:42:57 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 113 replies · 932+ views
    Minneapolis Star and Tribune ^ | 26 September 2007 | Rochelle Olson,
    Sen. Larry Craig's actions an airport bathroom stall in June didn't constitute a crime and he should be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea, Craig's lawyer argued today. In a 45-minute hearing covered by a crowd of local and national media, William Martin faced skeptical questioning from Hennepin County District Court Judge Charles Porter, Jr. Porter said he doesn't expect to rule on Craig's petition for at least a week and a half. "Seeking to have a guilty plea overturned is nearly impossible and it should be," Martin acknowledged during the hearing. But he also argued that Craig's plea was...
  • Minnesota Files Papers Against Larry Craig's Motion to Withdraw Guilty Plea

    09/25/2007 1:57:28 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 43 replies · 195+ views
    Minnesota Monitor ^ | 25 September 2007 | Andy Birky
    Papers filed Monday in the case of the State of Minnesota v. Larry Craig contain some stinging rebukes of Craig's accusations of pressure to plead guilty and pick apart his rationale for requesting a withdrawal of his guilty plea in August to disorderly conduct. Craig, a U.S. senator from Idaho, was arrested in June during a sting operation by Minnesota Airports Commission police in a Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport restroom. Craig's lawyer argued that his client could not make an intelligent plea of guilty because of pressures stemming from an Idaho Statesman investigation into the Republican senator's alleged homosexuality. The...
  • U.S. Senator Larry Craig: Whose Waterloo?

    09/24/2007 1:34:09 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 29 replies · 135+ views
    Politics In Minnesota ^ | 24 September 2007 | Sarah Janecek
    U.S. Sen. Larry Craig's (R-Idaho) motion to withdraw his guilty plea will be heard in a Hennepin County District court room this week. You read it here first: Contrary to conventional wisdom, Craig will win this motion. I was out of the country and completely unplugged when the Larry Craig story broke. The only U.S. news I saw while I was in Egypt and Jordan were the mimeographed news sheets printed from an international Internet news service that were hung on hotel room doors each morning. Certainly it was amusing to see the men's room at the Minneapolis St. Paul...
  • Pardon Poor Larry Craig (Barf on Both Your Houses)

    09/22/2007 7:46:21 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 13 replies · 296+ views
    New York Times ^ | 23 September 2007 | Frank Rich
    I DID nothing wrong," said Larry Craig at the start of his long national nightmare as America's favorite running, or perhaps sitting, gag. That's the truth. Justice lovers of all sexual persuasions must rally to save the Idaho senator before he is forced to prematurely evacuate his seat. Time's running out. The final reckoning may arrive this week. On Wednesday, a Minnesota court will hear Mr. Craig's argument to throw out the guilty plea he submitted by mail after being caught in a June sex sting in the Minneapolis airport. If he succeeds, there's a chance he might rescind his...
  • Craig makes first visit to Capitol since sex scandal broke

    09/18/2007 8:47:22 AM PDT · by gondramB · 40 replies · 100+ views
    CNN ^ | 11:42 AM September 18, 2007 | Producer Ted Barret and another reporter
    Barrett: "What brings you back to the Capitol today?" Craig: "Go to work." Barrett: "Are you intending to vote today, sir?" Craig: "That's my plan." Barrett: "Why decide to come back today?" Craig: "Because I'm a serving United States Senator from Idaho." Craig then stepped into the senators' dining room on the first floor of the Capitol. On the way he passed a visibly surprised Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, who gave Craig a big welcome back handshake.
  • Airport bathroom a tourist attraction (Larry Craig)

    09/17/2007 6:14:58 PM PDT · by Teflonic · 8 replies · 100+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 9/17/07 | AP
    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - When tourists ask for the bathroom in the Minneapolis airport lately, it’s usually not because they have to go. It’s because they want to see the stall made famous by U.S. Sen. Larry Craig’s arrest in a sex sting.
  • ACLU says First Amendment protects Craig's bathroom behavior

    09/17/2007 4:21:38 PM PDT · by Stoat · 26 replies · 858+ views
    The Seattle P.I.. / AP ^ | September 17, 2007
    ACLU says First Amendment protects Craig's bathroom behavior THE ASSOCIATED PRESSMINNEAPOLIS -- Sen. Larry Craig's foot-tapping and hand movements in an airport bathroom amounted to speech protected by the First Amendment, the American Civil Liberties Union argued in court papers on Monday.The Idaho senator pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct after an undercover officer at the Minneapolis airport alleged that Craig solicited him for sex. Craig has denied that, and his attorneys have asked a judge to let him withdraw the guilty plea.Craig was accused of moving his foot next to a police officer's foot and tapping it in...
  • Minneapolis / Sen. Craig hearing set for Sept. 26

    09/12/2007 10:15:49 AM PDT · by MN_Rightside · 23 replies · 516+ views
    A hearing on Idaho Sen. Larry Craig's motion to withdraw his guilty plea in an airport sex sting has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 26 before Judge Charles Porter at the Southdale Suburban Courthouse, 7009 York Ave. S., Edina. That's just four days before Craig has said he will step down. A spokesman for Craig has said he is unlikely to finish his third term unless a court moves quickly to overturn Craig's conviction. It wasn't clear what impact the Sept. 26 hearing would have on Craig's plans. He has been under intense pressure from Republicans to resign. Craig's...
  • Sen. Craig acts to withdraw guilty plea in sex sting

    09/11/2007 4:46:27 AM PDT · by indcons · 5 replies · 236+ views
    The Inquirer ^ | Sep. 11, 2007 | Joshua Freed
    MINNEAPOLIS - Sen. Larry Craig filed court papers yesterday to withdraw his guilty plea in an airport sex sting, arguing that he entered the plea under stress caused by a newspaper's inquiry into his sexuality. Craig, an Idaho Republican, pleaded guilty last month to disorderly conduct after his June arrest in a sting operation in a men's bathroom at the Minneapolis airport. A police report said Craig had solicited sex from a male officer at the airport, which the senator has denied. In a "state of intense anxiety" after his arrest, Craig "felt compelled to grasp the lifeline offered to...
  • For other men arrested, charges often were minor (Senator Larry Craig)

    09/10/2007 1:53:06 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 40 replies · 1,710+ views
    Pioneer Press and NYT ^ | 10 September 2007 | DUFF WILSON
    The details of Sen. Larry Craig's arrest in a Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport bathroom shocked his colleagues and constituents, but he was not the only person ensnarled in the airport police action against suspected lewd conduct in the restroom. Thirty-nine other men were arrested at the airport in a three-month period this summer. A review of their cases and interviews with four lawyers representing many of the suspects show how Craig - who pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct but now says he is not guilty - fits into the larger picture of the sting operation and sheds light on his...
  • Craig Blames Press for His Plea

    09/10/2007 4:39:21 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 29 replies · 641+ views ^ | 09/10/07 | MATT APUZZO
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Larry Craig should be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea in a sex sting because he was under extreme stress after being hounded by journalists asking questions about his sexuality, his lawyer argues. Craig, an Idaho Republican, pleaded guilty in August to disorderly conduct following a sting operation in a men's bathroom at the Minneapolis airport. His lawyer, William Martin, said he will file court documents Monday trying to undo that decision so Craig can fight the charge. Martin said Monday that Craig did not "knowingly and intelligently enter a guilty plea." The senator simply admitted...
  • So Many Men's Rooms, So Little Time

    09/07/2007 8:33:59 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 41 replies · 1,304+ views
    Slate ^ | Sept. 3, 2007 | Christopher Hitchens
    Why men like Larry Craig continue to court danger in public places
  • Craig Family Values: Arrests, Warrants and Restraining Order

    09/07/2007 4:25:02 PM PDT · by tennmountainman · 15 replies · 920+ views
    ABC ^ | Sept 7, 2007 | JAKE TAPPER and AVERY MILLER
    In an effort to rehabilitate his reputation and save his political career, Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, dispatched his children Michael Craig and Shae Howell to talk to ABC News' "Good Morning America" this week and testify that their father isn't gay and was not in fact guilty of the lewd conduct for which he was arrested. Michael Craig said his father was simply "a victim of circumstance" who was "in the wrong place at the wrong time."
  • Specter continues defense of embattled Sen. Larry Craig

    09/07/2007 2:42:42 PM PDT · by tennmountainman · 40 replies · 663+ views
    AP via Seattle Post ^ | Friday Sept 7, 2007 | MARTHA RAFFAELE
    Sen. Arlen Specter continued to defend Idaho Sen. Larry Craig on Friday, saying his Republican colleague's guilty plea in a restroom sex sting did not involve "moral turpitude." Specter first suggested Sunday that Craig should seek to vindicate himself. Craig pleaded guilty in August to disorderly conduct following the sting operation in a men's bathroom at the Minneapolis airport, but said this week he hoped to withdraw the plea.
  • More Media Mentions of GOP Senator's Sex Scandal Than Dems Criminal Fund Raiser

    09/07/2007 9:20:27 AM PDT · by enough_idiocy · 6 replies · 518+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | September 7, 2007 - 07:12 ET | Warner Todd Huston
    Many of us here, of course, take it for granted that the news media focuses far more on any scandals or troubles that occur with Republicans while at the same time they try their level best to ignore those that are perpetrated by Democrats. But, it's always helpful to get as many statistics as possible to buttress our case. I have here another small indication of how the GOP is treated unequally with the Democrat Party revealing Media Bias in the form of a Nexis* search of two ongoing, but not equally treated, scandals in the news. Our search parameters...