Criminal Justice

No Ruling on Craig Restroom Plea Issue

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After a hearing today over Sen. Larry Craig’s request to withdraw his guilty plea in a Minnesota restroom sex sting case, the judge is not expected to rule until next month.

Demonstrators—a few equipped with toilets on which to sit—gathered outside the suburban Minneapolis courthouse as lawyers argued about whether the Idaho Republican should be permitted to reopen the case and go to trial, reports theLos Angeles Times. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct last month in the already-adjudicated case.

Although Craig had previously said he would resign from the Senate by Sept. 30, he now appears to be reconsidering that decision, according to the Associated Press. It says Hennepin County Judge Charles Porter probably won’t rule until next month on whether to reopen the case.

As discussed in earlier posts, the ACLU has backed Craig, but legal experts disagree about whether the court is likely to grant him a trial at this point.

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