Craig files response to Minnesota prosecutor

STATESMAN STAFFMarch 11, 2008 

Sen. Larry Craig has filed a response to the Minnesota prosecutor trying to uphold the Idaho Republican's conviction in a gay-sex sting at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.

Craig wants to withdraw his plea of guilty to disorderly conduct last summer in connection with his arrest. His case is before the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Oral arguments are scheduled for early this fall.

Craig's lawyer, Billy Martin, said Craig is "responding to issues raised by the government in their recent filing. Our brief continues to argue that what Senator Craig has been convicted of does not constitute a crime."

Craig has argued that police and prosecutors failed to prove that he engaged in disorderly conduct. Police say his behavior included staring at an undercover officer though the crack in a bathroom door and then running his hand underneath the stall partition and tapping his feet - all signals the officer interpreted as an attempt to solicit sex.

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