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Spitzer Mulls Resignation While Craig Fights On

While the political world is riveted by the Eliot Spitzer drama and the question of whether he will resign his governorship, similarly scandal-tarred Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho.) is still in Congress, still doing his work and still fighting to overturn his guilty plea.

Craig's attorneys filed papers today with the Minnesota state Court of Appeals making their argument for a reversal of a lower court's decision to let Craig's guilty plea to disorderly conduct charges stand. Craig made the guilty plea after being arrested last year by an undercover cop in a Minneapolis-St. Paul airport bathroom for allegedly using hand and foot signals to indicate he wanted sex.

The Hennepin County District Court rejected Craig's attempt to withdraw his guilty plea last October. In January, Craig tried again with the state court of appeals, and today's filing represents yet another effort to get the earlier ruling reversed. The AP reports Craig's lawyers are repeating many of the same arguments they've made before, primarily that his original plea represented a "manifest injustice" that needs correcting.

It will probably be at least a few months before the appeals court renders a decision in this case, and then Craig can keep appealing. And despite initially saying he would resign, he hasn't, and he now appears set on serving out his term. Any chance Spitzer follows the same playbook?

By Ben Pershing  |  March 11, 2008; 4:52 PM ET
Categories:  Ethics and Rules  
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