Craig to try to take back plea

In court papers to be filed today, he'll argue that he was under intense pressure from the Idaho Statesman.

By Tim Grieve
Published September 10, 2007 2:38PM (UTC)
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We expect the day to be filled with talk of Iraq -- Gen. David Petraeus and ambassador Ryan Crocker testify before Congress today -- but first this Idaho amuse-bouche: Lawyers for Sen. Larry Craig will file papers today seeking to withdraw his guilty plea in the Minnesota men's room incident.

The reason? It's the same one Craig gave when he first discussed the guilty plea last month. Craig lawyer and spokesman Billy Martin tells the Associated Press that the 62-year-old senator was "under tremendous pressure" when he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, mostly as a result of the Idaho Statesman's months-long investigation into questions about Craig's sexual activities.


Sen. Arlen Specter, whose offer to stand by Craig apparently led him to change his resignation announcement to an intend-to-resign" announcement, says that he thinks Craig has a good shot at getting his plea reversed. As the AP notes, Minnesota law says that a guilty plea can be withdrawn if it was not intelligently made. Says Specter: "What Sen. Craig did was by no means intelligent."

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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