Alex Blaze

Larry Craig's back in court

Filed By Alex Blaze | September 10, 2008 6:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: airport sex, cruising for sex, larry craig, LGBT, Minneapolis, never have been gay, not gay, Republicans

He gets an "A" for effort, and his lawyer's getting a big ol' check:

Arguments are scheduled for this morning in the appeal of U.S. Sen. Larry Craig's disorderly conduct conviction for pursuing anonymous sex in an airport bathroom.[...]

Craig is asking to withdraw his guilty plea in the case stemming from his arrest in the summer of 2007 in a men's room at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Hennepin County District Judge Charles Porter already has rejected Craig's request to withdraw the plea.

I'm not going to bother to look up exactly why he's filing this one. I put his chances of winning at around .01%, because if he had a winning argument, he would have used it in one of his other half a dozen attempts to overturn his guilty plea.

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When you get desperate, you'll throw shit at the wall and see what sticks. Craig is desperate.

9:00 Larry Edwin Craig (Pet.-App.)
A07-1949 -vs.-
State of Minnesota (Respondent)

None of the briefs are attached in the case management system.

Interestingly enough the ACLU has filed an Amicus brief in this case. The ACLU-Minnesota website does not say anything about it.

(and this is what people do when they can't sleep)

It would be interesting to know exactly what the ACLU's argument is in filing its amicus brief. I've always been a bit conflicted in this area for a number of reasons (besides still thinking Larry should have been named John McCain's running mate, but I'll leave that well-worn item alone for at least a while). From the viewpoint of civil liberties, the whole concept of private adult sexual contact or solicitation as a matter of criminal law is problemmatic, and discriminatory enforcement adds fuel to that fire. On the other hand, unwanted sexual solicitations in places public or private are proper subjects of the criminal law, because people ought to have some fairly broad protections against certain behaviors. So in that sense I have some empathy for Craig as I would sheer hypocrisy represented, none, nada, zip.

Karen Collett | September 14, 2008 7:14 AM

From the the first Google hit for "aclu lawrence craig":

In its brief, the ACLU argues that the government can arrest people for soliciting public sex only if it can show beyond doubt that the sex was to occur in public. The ACLU argues that solicitation for sex in a private place is protected speech under the First Amendment, no matter where the solicitation occurs.