Hearing for Craig Is Set for Sept. 26

Associated Press
Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Sen. Larry E. Craig's request to withdraw his guilty plea in an airport sex sting will be heard Sept. 26, just four days before the Idaho Republican has said he will step down from his Senate seat.

The Hennepin County District Court said the hearing will be held in Edina, a Minneapolis suburb.

A spokesman for Craig has said the senator is unlikely to try to finish his third term unless a court moves quickly to overturn his conviction. The spokesman could not immediately be reached yesterday, and it is unclear what impact the hearing date will have on Craig's plans.

Craig has been under intense pressure from Republicans to resign since it was disclosed that he was arrested June 11 by a Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport police officer. Craig pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct, and in exchange, prosecutors dropped a gross misdemeanor charge of interference with privacy.

Craig has since said that his guilty plea was a mistake. He filed a request Monday to withdraw the guilty plea.

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) will replace Craig as the top Republican on the Veterans' Affairs Committee while Craig's court battle continues, it was announced yesterday.

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