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Judge rejects Craig's bid to withdraw guilty plea

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« on: October 04, 2007, 01:13:48 pm »

Judge rejects Craig's bid to withdraw guilty plea.

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Idaho senator's guilty plea to disorderly conduct charge stands

Republican had said he would resign after "legal determinations" made

Craig was arrested in Minnesota airport restroom sex sting

(CNN) -- A Minnesota judge has denied Sen. Larry Craig's request to withdraw his guilty plea to a disorderly conduct charge stemming from his arrest in an airport men's room sex sting.

Sen. Larry Craig had sought to overturn his guilty plea stemming from an airport bathroom sex sting.

 In a 27-page order, Judge Charles Porter found Craig had entered the guilty plea "accurately, voluntarily and intelligently" and it was too late to withdraw his admission.

Craig, who says he is not gay, argued that he entered the plea without legal advice, fearing that the allegations would be made public.

Once his plea became public, the Idaho Republican announced he would resign at the end of September -- but then said he would await Porter's ruling before deciding whether to leave the Senate.

The judge heard arguments September 26 concerning Craig's June 11 arrest for allegedly making sexual overtures to an undercover male police officer in an airport men's restroom.

Craig entered a written guilty plea to a disorderly conduct charge in August.

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Judge's order denying Craig motion (PDF)
Craig had said he would resign from the Senate if he could not get the guilty plea overturned by September 30. But last week, Craig said he wouldn't resign until "legal determinations" are made.

In court, Craig's attorneys said the guilty plea lacked a judge's signature and that the evidence did not support the conclusion that a crime occurred. E-mail to a friend
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