Sen. Craig Says Pressure from Journalists Led Him to Plead Guilty

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Senator Larry Craig’s lawyer says “tremendous pressure” from journalists led Craig to enter a guilty plea after being caught in a sex sting in an airport men’s room.

Craig has said he regrets pleading guilty to disorderly conduct and his lawyer will file court papers today seeking to withdraw the plea, so Craig can fight the charge.

Attorney William Martin will argue the Idaho Republican entered the plea because he was under extreme stress from reporters hounding him about his sexuality. Martin cites pressure from Craig’s hometown newspaper, the Idaho Statesman, which spent months investigating whether Craig engaged in homosexual encounters.

Craig has denied those suggestions and accuses the newspaper of conducting a “witch hunt.”

His chief spokesman says Craig had dropped virtually all notions of trying to finish his third term in the Senate.

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