Defender: Sen. Craig Unlikely To Have Guilty Plea Voided


Complaints about sexual activity in public restrooms at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport led to “numerous arrests” that included that of Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) on June 11, says the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Craig has denied wrongdoing, although he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. A public defender said it would be difficult to reverse the plea. Leonardo Castro said that someone who pleads guilty to a misdemeanor would typically have to prove their due process rights were violated or they were coerced into their plea for a court to agree to withdraw it. “It’s a fairly high standard,” Castro said.

Police Sgt. David Karsnia entered a stall wearing plain clothes. Karsnia said Craig stood outside his stall, looking through the crack between the door and its frame. “I could see Craig’s blue eyes as he looked into my stall.” Craig entered the stall next to his and placed his bag against the front of his stall door, a common tactic for concealing sexual conduct, Karsnia said. Karsnia said Craig tapped his right foot. “I recognized this as a signal used by persons wishing to engage in lewd conduct.” Craig touched Karsnia’s foot and swiped his hand under the stall divider.


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