Larry Craig

* House Democrats oppose Senate spy bill’s telecom immunity. [Washington Post]
* Justice Scalia approves of “so-called torture” under some circumstances. [MSNBC]
* Just a few months later, Senate committee gets around to admonishing Sen. Craig. [CNN]
* Clemens and McNamee go head to head before Congress. [ESPN]
* City’s scantily clad cowboy sues candy-coated counterpart. [WSJ Law Blog]

Larry Craig barbershop quartet Above the Law blog.jpgCNN is reporting that the Minnesota judge presiding over Larry Craig’s case has refused to let him undo his guilty plea stemming from his “wide stance” episode in a Minneapolis airport bathroom. The judge said that the plea was “knowing, voluntary, and intelligent.” We question the intelligent part, but we know what he means.
So will he leave the Senate now?
Update: Sen. Craig not resigning despite judge’s ruling [CNN]

Larry Craig small Larry E Craig Larry Edwin Craig gay senator Idaho Above the Law blog.jpgHere’s a little riddle: What do these three senators have in common?

Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho)

Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska)

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)

First, they’re all Republican senators from underpopulated sparsely populated states.
Second, they’ve all run into ethical, legal, or political problems. You know all about Senator Craig — in fact, more than you ever wanted to. As for Senator Stevens, see here and here. As for Senator Murkowski, see here.
What’s the third thing they have in common? Find out, after the jump.

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Larry Craig airport mens room bathroom Above the Law blog.jpg* Don’t try doing #2 at the Larry Craig airport bathroom, unless you want tourists photographing your ankles in a “wide stance.” [BBC via Althouse; Idaho Statesman via Drudge]
* Did President Bush pick Michael Mukasey as his AG nominee to avoid a “bruising, potentially embarrassing fight” with the Democrats? Or is that analysis “way too facile”? [; Marc Ambinder]
* Can New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick deduct his $500,000 fine? [TaxProf Blog via WSJ Law Blog]
* Blawg Review #126 is now available — with a heavy emphasis on business and the law (subjects of great interest to many of you). [Small Business Trends via Blawg Review]

* Short list of possible attorney general nominees includes George J. Terwilliger III and Judge Laurence H. Silberman (D.C. Circuit). [Washington Post via WSJ Law Blog]
* “Sen. Larry Craig should be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea… because he was under extreme stress after being hounded by journalists asking questions about his sexuality, his lawyer argues.” Umm, okay. [Associated Press]
* Judges of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court hike up their robes a little more, show the world about national security. [Sidebar / New York Times via How Appealing]
* Prominent Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu flipped out on train, “at one point stripping off his shirt and shoes,” before his crazy ass got arrested. [San Francisco Chronicle via Drudge Report]
* Uproar over Missouri Supreme Court culminates with Gov. Blunt offering a half-hearted endorsement of his own appointee. [Kansas City Star via How Appealing]

Larry Craig Larry E Craig Larry Edwin Craig gay senator Idaho Above the Law blog.jpg* News you can use: “Latin phrases law students should know, but likely don’t.” [Volokh Conspiracy]
* Two angry pharmacists walk into a bar. [Concurring Opinions; NY Personal Injury Law Blog]
* Methinks Senator Craig doth protest too much. [Blogonaut]
* And what about his daughter? She may have been a bad girl too. [Washington Wire and The Smoking Gun (both via Blogonaut)]
* A consumer law firm resorts to product placement. Is this better or worse than having a theme song? [National Law Journal (now registration free, thanks to yours truly)]
* Miranda Priestly at the MoMA? That’s all. [Althouse (last photo)]
* And did she mention that it’s NOT a beauty pageant? [WSJ Law Blog]

* It wasn’t me. [Legal Blog Watch]
* Well, I’m a pretty famous celebrity, so I got that going for me… [CNN]
* Divorce for Shaq. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
* Look what you’ve done, Specter. [CNN]
* Should we file RICO charges against Tom Cruise? [Jurist]

It’s Billy Merck again, your favorite person to shoot spitballs at fill-in for Lat, who’s got a full day away from the blogosphere today.
We start today with some stray Larry Craig news.
First, we certainly don’t mean to imply anything about the deceased chief justice, but there is a creepy resemblance here.
Next, Craig has been forced out of his committee assignments [New York Times], and some of his fellow Republican Senators are calling for his resignation altogether [New York Times].
Finally, we have a couple of takes on the actual criminality, or not, of Craig’s airport restroom activities. The WSJ Law Blog talks with Minnesota law prof Barry Feld about, among other things, whether the sting was entrapment and whether Craig can undo his plea (likely no and no, Feld concludes). And coming to us from LawBeat via the Legal Blog Watch, Mark Obbie wants to know about the kind of evidence usually used to demonstrate criminal intent in these kinds of cases.
Personally, we’re still kind of hung up on the “wide stance” defense. We’ve never heard anyone talk about a wide stance outside of the context of batting in baseball or the line in football. And how wide does a stance have to get before it becomes probable cause? We guess exiting the boundaries of your own stall and making contact with someone else’s foot are good indicators.

* Slate debates Sen. Craig’s arrest and plea. [New York Times]
* DC Madam seeks new counsel. [CNN Poli-Tick]
* Federal court, using wooden gavel, upholds NYC metal bat ban. [ESPN]
* Artist arrested for burning Burning Man man. [MSNBC]

We’re way behind on this story. Last night, from Roll Call (via Blogonaut):

Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) was arrested in June at a Minnesota airport by a plainclothes police officer investigating lewd conduct complaints in a men’s public restroom, according to an arrest report obtained by Roll Call Monday afternoon.

Craig’s arrest occurred just after noon on June 11 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. On Aug. 8, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct in the Hennepin County District Court. He paid more than $500 in fines and fees, and a 10-day jail sentence was stayed. He also was given one year of probation with the court that began on Aug. 8.

A spokesman for Craig described the incident as a “he said/he said misunderstanding”….

As our friends at Wonkette quipped, “it was all just a simple he said/he said misunderstanding! Because Larry Craig was under the impression that the other gentleman wanted to have anonymous sex with him in an airport bathroom.”
Okay, we have to go chase after a bunch of other stories right now. But you can follow the Larry Craig sex scandal at Wonkette. And Matt Drudge is having a field day with the story, too:
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