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Toe-tapping Larry files to withdraw guilty plea

His case won’t be heard until September 26, which is four days before he said he would step down.

Sen. Larry Craig sought to undo his guilty plea in an airport sex sting on Monday, claiming that he admitted to the charge in a panic to avoid triggering a story about his sexuality in his hometown newspaper.

Craig had denied to editors at the Idaho Statesman that he was gay just weeks before his June 11 arrest in the bathroom of the Minneapolis airport. The paper didn’t run a story, but Craig thought his arrest would change that.

That is such a doofus excuse that I laugh every time I read it. Read this laff fest defense. Really, he and his lawyer should just stop giving quotes like this to the media.

Craig’s actions, his attorneys argued, were influenced in part by police Sgt. Dave Karsnia, who arrested and interrogated the senator. Karsnia told the senator he could resolve the case by paying a fine, and added: “I don’t call media.”

“In his mind, the terms of the plea included the promise made by Officer Karsnia that the alleged incident would not be released to the media,” Craig’s attorneys wrote.

While in his state of intense anxiety, Senator Craig felt compelled to grasp the lifeline offered to him by the police officer,” they wrote.

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