Sen. Larry Craig’s lead defense attorney, Billy Martin, has issued this statement:
“Our brief contains legal arguments supporting Senator Craig’s position that the district court abused its discretion by refusing to allow him to withdraw his guilty plea. Pursuant to Minnesota law, there is an insufficient factual basis to support the finding that he is guilty of violating any laws while passing through the Minneapolis airport. Thus, we renew our arguments that it is manifestly unjust to deny Senator Craig’s request to withdraw his guilty plea. The State has forty-five days in which to file a responsive brief. Throughout this trying time, Senator Craig has maintained his innocence and has remained a dedicated public servant who continues to serve the people of Idaho with honor and distinction, as he has done for the past 27 years.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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