Craig's Plea Withdrawal Denied

Guilty plea stands. Widely.
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2008 12:21 PM CST
Craig's Plea Withdrawal Denied
In this Oct. 4, 2008 file photo Idaho U.S. Sentor Larry Craig talks with the media at the Idaho Republican party in Boise, Idaho.    (AP Photo/Matt Cilley)

Larry Craig’s guilty plea will stand—probably with a wide stance—a Minnesota appeals court ruled today, rejecting the Idaho Republican's attempt to withdraw it. Craig, who is retiring from the Senate, had argued that his case was not fully investigated, while his lawyer maintained that there was “no factual basis” for the plea. The court disagreed.

“Appellant has not shown that the district court abused its discretion in denying his petition to withdraw his guilty plea,” the judge wrote in th 10-page ruling. (Read more Larry Craig stories.)

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