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Old 09-10-2007, 04:48 PM   #316
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If the legal system works properly
the guilty plea will be thrown out.

If the Judge goes with the political winds
he will deny the request.


i hope it gets thrown out and he gets all indignent and stays.

the late-night comics need more material.
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Old 09-10-2007, 05:02 PM   #317
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If DeLay, Rove and Cheney can call themselves Christian

Then this guy has every right to call himself straight.

Who is more credible?
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“Craig’s case may have been handled more harshly than the others. He alone among the 40 men arrested was charged with both disorderly conduct and interference with privacy,” even though the other men had exposed their genitals or crouched on the floor and looked under the stall.
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ahhhh hello subective law. how you ruin thee.
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(AP)MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. --When tourists ask for the bathroom in the Minneapolis airport lately, it's usually not because they have to go.

It's because they want to see the stall made famous by U.S. Sen. Larry Craig's arrest in a sex sting.

"It's become a tourist attraction," said Karen Evans, information specialist at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. "People are taking pictures."

Craig was arrested June 11 by a Minneapolis airport police officer. The Idaho Republican pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Craig has since said his guilty plea was a mistake. His request to withdraw the guilty plea will be heard Sept. 26, just four days before he has said he will step down from his Senate seat.

Just 15 minutes into her shift on Friday, Evans said she had been asked directions to the new tourist attraction four times. Other airport workers field the same question.

"It's by the Lottery shop, right next to the shoeshine shop," said newsstand worker Abdalla Said, adding he gets the question daily.

The Royal Zino Shoeshine shop owner's grandson, Royal Zino, said it has been hectic.

"People have been going inside, taking pictures of the stall, taking pictures outside the bathroom door -- man, it's been crazy," he said.

On their way to Guatemala, Jon and Sally Westby of Minneapolis made a visit.

"We had to just stop and check out the bathroom," Sally said. "In fact, it's Jon's second time -- he was here last week already
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Minnesota GOP Rep. Ramstad to Retire, Leaving Seat Up for Grabs

By Marie Horrigan | 4:45 PM; Sep. 17, 2007

The retirement announcement that nine-term Minnesota Republican Rep. Jim Ramstad delivered Monday afternoon was unwelcome news for national GOP strategists — who already are dealing with an uphill battle to overcome their House minority status, and will face a serious fight to hold Ramstad’s 3rd District seat in suburbs to the north, west and south of Minneapolis.

The 61-year-old Ramstad announced his plans not to seek re-election in 2008 at a mid-afternoon news conference in his hometown of Minnetonka. “Now it’s my time to do something else,” said the long-popular centrist Republican. He added, “After 17 years of commuting every week to Washington, D.C., 17 years of being gone all week, it’s time to be home with the people that I love and I miss. ... In a nutshell, it’s time to start living life.”

Democratic activists have long contended that it was only Ramstad’s personal popularity and voting record as one of the most moderate House Republicans that enabled him to regularly win with landslide margins, and they said they were prepared to highly target the 3rd District seat at whatever point Ramstad decided to step aside.

Unlike many of his GOP colleagues, Ramstad suffered no dropoff in the terrible Republican year of 2006, matching the 65 percent of the vote that he enjoyed in 2004.
Minnesota GOP Rep. Ramstad

Leaving Seat Up for Grabs???


If this guy leaves his seat up for grabs
then he better retire.
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My guess is that there will be a few more GOP "nice men" that choose not to seek re-election in 2008.
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Minnesota GOP Rep. Ramstad

Leaving Seat Up for Grabs???


If this guy leaves his seat up for grabs
then he better retire.


i wonder who'll come out for the race?

the Dems better not blow this one.
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CNN) -- Conservative Sen. Larry Craig got support from an unexpected source on Monday. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a brief in court saying the lawmaker's bathroom bust was likely unconstitutional.

The ACLU urged a Minnesota District Court to let Craig withdraw his guilty plea.

"Sen. Craig has not always been a great friend of civil liberties, but you shouldn't have to endorse the civil liberties of others to keep your own," said ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero, alluding to Craig's history of voting against gay rights.

Craig, R-Idaho, was arrested in June at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in Minnesota after a police officer in a bathroom stall next to him alleged the senator attempted to solicit sex. Craig pleaded guilty August 8 to one charge of disorderly conduct. When the case came to light earlier this month, Craig announced his intention to resign September 30.

But days later, it was announced Craig would fight to overturn his conviction and may not resign. He filed papers September 10 to withdraw his guilty plea.

The ACLU friend-of-the-court brief was submitted to the Minnesota 4th District Court.

"The real motive behind secret sting operations like the one that resulted in Sen. Craig's arrest is not to stop people from inappropriate activity. It is to make as many arrests as possible -- arrests that sometimes unconstitutionally trap innocent people," Romero said in a written statement.

Police must be able to demonstrate beyond a doubt that the sex was going to happen in public, he said. Regardless of whether it occurs in a bathroom or a bar, solicitation for private sex is protected speech under the First Amendment, the ACLU argues.

If the police really wanted to stop people from having sex in public bathrooms, they "should put up a sign banning sex in the restroom and send in a uniformed officer to patrol periodically," Romero said.

Patrick Hogan of the Metropolitan Airports Commission said Monday that authorities are prepared to defend the way Craig's arrest was carried out, as well as at least 41 similar arrests made this year in the same public restroom.

"Engaging in public sex in a bathroom is a crime and most people understand that without putting up a sign," Hogan said. "We saw a lot of communication about this particular bathroom on Web sites, and if we make it known that we're aware of it we can't be expected to enforce the law as effectively."

Hogan added, "We believe the charges fit the crime and Sen. Craig agreed to the charges as part of plea negotiations."

"Government should make public restrooms safe for all, but it should do so in a manner that is really designed to stop inappropriate behavior, rather than destroying the lives of people who might have no intention of doing anything illegal," Romero said.
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Uh oh, another weakening of the leftist, commie ACLU argument...
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It must kill Craig that the ACLU is defending his conduct.
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Sen. Larry Craig on Capitol Hill on September 18, 2007. AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke.

by Jill Zuckman

A little more than two weeks after announcing he would resign from Congress following a guilty plea arising from a bathroom sex scandal, Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) walked back into the Senate chamber Tuesday and cast two votes.

Craig, who is trying to undo his plea and fight the charges against him, spoke to a few colleagues on the floor, but mostly stood in the back of the chamber on the Republican side of the aisle. Neither Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) nor Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), spoke to him. Both have been highly critical of Craig, with McConnell calling his actions "unforgivable."

At 12:40 p.m., Craig strode out of the chamber, walking briskly down the hall to the Mansfield room for lunch with his Republican colleagues.

Asked if his presence meant he would not resign, Craig said, "No, not at all."

He said he was back in Washington to work in his office and spend time with staff. Craig originally announced he would resign as of Sept. 30th, but then seemed to suggest that he might not resign at all.

Asked if he was optimistic about his chances to get his guilty plea overturned, Craig said, "I don’t have an opinion on it," and then shut the door of the Mansfield room behind him.

Craig, spoke to a few colleagues on the floor, but mostly stood in the back of the chamber on the Republican side of the aisle. Neither Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) nor Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), spoke to him.




Is McCain becoming a coward in his old age?
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Moments ago, the Senate voted 60-39 to end debate on the Matthew Shepard Act, which expands federal hate crimes laws to include violence based on a victim's sexual orientation, gender, disability, and other factors. The AP reports:

The Senate attached hate crimes legislation to a must-pass Pentagon spending bill Thursday, but opponents predicted it ultimately would fail.

"The president is not going to agree to this social legislation on the defense authorization bill," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. "This bill will get vetoed." [...]

The Democratic-controlled House passed the same hate crimes legislation as a stand-alone bill earlier this year despite Bush's veto threat. That makes a repeat of 2004, when the Senate passed a similar amendment to the same bill only to see it stripped out during negotiations with the Republican-led House, less likely this time around. President Bush, who says the bill is not needed, could then be faced with vetoing the vast defense authorization bill containing the same provision.

The White House had no immediate comment Thursday.

Notably, Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) voted against the legislation.
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Notably, Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) voted against the legislation.
After all, he isn't a homosexual.
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