Craig Lawyers Argue To Overturn Plea In Sex Sting

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Idaho Republican Larry Craig will know before his Senate career ends whether his guilty plea in an airport sex sting will stand.

The Minnesota Court of Appeals will decide within the next 90 days whether Craig should be allowed to withdraw a misdemeanor disorderly conduct plea. Craig made the plea in hopes of clearing up a 2007 arrest.

Craig’s lawyer, Billy Martin, told a three-judge panel Wednesday that his actions in a Minneapolis airport restroom were “as consistent with innocence as it is with guilt.”

Martin says Craig’s arrest by an undercover officer was made on insufficient factual grounds and the law used to prosecute him was flawed.

Attorneys for the prosecution say Craig’s bathroom loitering involved “multiple intrusions” of another person’s private space.