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October 4, 2007

Senator Craig loses effort to withdraw guilty plea

Those interested in criminal justice consistency will be pleased to hear that Senator Roger Larry Craig, like most criminal defendants, was not permitted to withdraw his guilty plea.  This piece from Reuters has the basics:

Minnesota judge on Thursday refused to let Sen. Larry Craig take back the guilty plea he made after a sex sting arrest.... Judge Charles Porter of the Hennepin County District Court ruled a week after Craig's lawyers contended at a hearing that he had panicked and had been rushed into pleading guilty after an undercover officer arrested him in an airport men's room. Porter ruled Craig's guilty plea was "accurate, voluntary and intelligent, and ... supported by the evidence."

UPDATE:  As commentors have highlighted, I had sports on the brain when thinking about Senator Craig's first name.  Problem fixed (on this post, not for Senator Craig).

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Wasn't Roger Craig a pitcher?

Posted by: federalist | Oct 4, 2007 3:58:57 PM

Hey Prof! It's Larry Craig. Roger Craig was the slightly fey running back for the San Francisco 49er's. Larry Craig is the not-gay senator that likes gay sex.

Posted by: dweedle | Oct 4, 2007 3:59:28 PM

and a running back for the 49ers?

Posted by: federalist | Oct 4, 2007 3:59:33 PM

Federalist: Pitcher? Don'tcha like football son? Maybe you are a little too "Larry Craig" for Texas.

Posted by: dweedle | Oct 4, 2007 4:01:37 PM

I am really trying not to make puns here, but does anyone think the GOP will try and sponsor “backsies” federal litigation that will allow people in state courts to flush guilty pleas upon significant remorse.

After all, the crime took place in interstate commerce.

Posted by: S.cotus | Oct 4, 2007 4:05:03 PM

You'll notice I remembered both Craigs. And as for being Larry Craig, well, I'd like to think that if I were predisposed to his predisposal (not that there's anything wrong with his predisposal), I'd have the guts to be honest about what I did, not coming up with risible explanations about "wide stances".

And, yeah, I like football.

Posted by: federalist | Oct 4, 2007 4:06:18 PM

federalist, I'm pretty sure Craig is a catcher, not pitcher.

Hiyo!! Thank you, thank you. I'll be here all week.

Posted by: Elson | Oct 4, 2007 4:15:53 PM

It's time for the Republicans to pitch a tent... er, I mean, open up the big (gay) tent to all their constituency. I don't think the Republicans should be ashamed of any of their gay heroes, Craig, Foley, Haggard, or Lincoln.

Posted by: dweedle | Oct 4, 2007 4:21:07 PM

Then again dweedle, I don't think Lincoln would be terribly popular among modern Republicans for various other reasons anyway. He wouldn't find much in common with Richard "Southern Strategy" Nixon, Reagan (oh, Philadelphia, MS, what a lovely town) or Lee Atwater, Cheney (holiday for MLK? wtf?), etc, etc.

Posted by: Anon | Oct 4, 2007 4:37:52 PM

Anon: Au contraire, Ol' Pockface was an authoritarian who conducted a very unpopular war "for democracy" (then changed the goal post later to "to end slavery"), suspended civil rights, and called people who disagreed with him traitors.

Posted by: dweedle | Oct 4, 2007 4:51:56 PM

For you non Sports fans:
Roger Craig was the manager of the SF Giants in the late 80s (he was a pitcher earlier).
The other Roger Craig was a running back for the 49ers in the Joe Montana era.

Posted by: | Oct 4, 2007 6:36:55 PM

Will Sen. Craig resign already!!!

Jesus... it's time to s**t or get off the pot!

Thank you very much. No really.. Thank you. Tip your waitress.

Posted by: S.cotus | Oct 4, 2007 10:22:24 PM

I posted the opinion and order here. I not only uploaded it, but embedded a flash paper link, so that everyone can read it, and read it to their children, and have their children bring it to school so they can see the abject judicial activism in not letting a man who is like so clearly not gay withdraw his guilty plea that was made under total duress by a semi-literate hillbilly that didn't know what was going on.

Posted by: S.cotus | Oct 4, 2007 10:54:07 PM

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