Ex-Senator Larry Craig Drops Appeal in Bathroom Sex Sting
Posted Jan 9, 2009 7:33 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Former Sen. Larry Craig is dropping an appeal that sought to withdraw his guilty plea in connection with an airport restroom sex sting.
Craig’s Minneapolis lawyer, Thomas Kelly, said the Minnesota Supreme Court was unlikely to accept Craig’s case and his client would not pursue it, report the Washington Post and McClatchy Newspapers. Kelly told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that seeking an appeal “would have been a futile exercise.”
Craig lost his appeal in the Minnesota Court of Appeals in December. He had pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after his arrest in June 2007. He was accused of tapping his foot and waving his hand under the partition of a restroom stall occupied by an undercover cop.
Craig did not run for re-election, and he retired last week, according to McClatchy. He has formed a consulting business and has talked about the possibility of writing a book on politics.