Craig lawyers argue to overturn plea in sex sting

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Idaho Senator Larry Craig has skipped a Minnesota court hearing where his lawyers argued he should be able to take back his guilty plea in an airport bathroom sex sting.

The senator was arrested last summer in a Minneapolis airport men's bathroom stall where he allegedly solicited sex from an undercover male officer.

The Republican's attorney argued that the plea should be allowed to be withdrawn because Craig's actions were misinterpreted by the officer. The lawyer also said Craig's conduct didn't violate the strict definition of the disorderly conduct law.

The prosecution argues that the record shows Craig committed "multiple intrusions" of another person's private space.

A county judge has already refused the senator's request to withdraw the plea. It's now being considered by a three-judge panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Craig isn't running for re-election to his Senate seat this year.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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