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Minnesota Supreme Court Rules Larry Craig’s Plea of Guilty Will (Wide) Stand

Looks like soon-to be retired Sen. Larry Craig is guilty after all. After trying to withdraw the guilty plea he made after being caught in a Minnesota Airport soliciting sex from a plainclothes police officer CNN reports the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled today that:

“Because we see no abuse of discretion in the denial and conclude that the statute is not overbroad, we affirm” a lower court’s decision, the three-judge panel wrote in a 10-page ruling.

In a written statement, Craig said he was “extremely disappointed” by the action and was considering an appeal.

“I disagree with their conclusion and remain steadfast in my belief that nothing criminal or improper occurred at the Minneapolis airport,” Craig said.

In an effort to persuade the panel to throw out Craig’s guilty plea, his attorney argued that Craig’s foot tapping was protected by his First Amendment right to freedom of speech.

But the judges were unpersuaded.

“A government may constitutionally prohibit such speech if there is ‘a showing that substantial privacy interests are being invaded in an essentially intolerable manner.’ ” they said, citing a previous case.

“Offensive speech may be prohibited as intrusive when the ‘captive’ audience cannot avoid the speech. … A person using a restroom stall is such a ‘captive’ audience with substantial privacy interests that would be intolerably invaded even by communications less potentially offensive than sexual solicitations.

“Thus, even if appellant’s foot-tapping and the movement of his foot towards the undercover officer’s stall are considered ‘speech,’ they would be intrusive speech directed at a captive audience, and the government may prohibit them.”

Funny how Republicans are quick to try to limit free speech, except when it could help them out of a sex sting. Sen. Craig will retire from his seat in January.

On:           Dec 9, 2008
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    • sal

      that is hysterical,dont worry larry,in prison u can b free to “tap” your life away with the boys.i sooooo know thats your secret wish(wink,wink)

      Dec 9, 2008 at 3:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Trenton

      Free Speech, huh? If I ever met Craig, I would indeed be tempted to let my feet do the talking by planting a swift kick upside his head.

      Dec 9, 2008 at 3:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • GoodBuddy

      Oh Larry Craig, you are so funny. Would it be protected speech to yell “Who wants a blowjob?” in the restroom? Or what about writing “For a good time call 202-224-2752”, on the bathroom wall, would that be protected speech? I guess he wants to leave office with one more round of jokes on the TV stations.

      Dec 9, 2008 at 4:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rock



      Dec 9, 2008 at 5:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dvlaries

      Yeah, just keep this fight going, Larry.
      Then, when you finally croak, all the better chances that last news item of you will also carry one of these mens room pictures.
      The most fitting epitaph.

      Dec 9, 2008 at 5:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Charles J. Mueller

      Umm…I’m stuck in a public toilet stall with no toilet paper.

      I was just tapping a message out in Morse code.

      “Anyone got two fives for a ten?” ;-)

      Dec 9, 2008 at 10:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Puddy Katz

      Larry Craig: Just come out already!

      Dec 10, 2008 at 1:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jaroslaw

      Cry me a river. If a congressman can claim “he doesn’t understand” the laws he writes the a great deal of the general public with a much lower average IQ and/or education (theoretically anyway) should not have to obey any laws.

      If nothing happened, he shouldn’t have pled guilty. End of story.

      Dec 10, 2008 at 4:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jaroslaw

      sorry “the” in the first sentence should be “then.”

      Dec 10, 2008 at 5:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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