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Senator Larry Craig Is Still Guilty of Trying to Solicit Sex

No Senator, tapping your foot is not protected by the first amendment ... especially when soliciting sex in a bathroom.
Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) famously pleaded guilty last year to "disorderly conduct" in a Minnesota airport men's room. After the news broke, and a scandal erupted, Craig initially vowed to resign, but later changed his mind and began trying to reverse his original plea.

Yet another court yesterday told him that isn't one of his options.

A three-judge panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected the Republican's bid to toss out his disorderly conduct conviction. [...]

Craig's attorney argued before the appeals court this September that there was insufficient evidence for any judge to find him guilty.

In an especially entertaining development, it appears Craig's attorneys argued that the senator's foot tapping in the stall should be protected as free speech under the First Amendment. The court, believe it or not, did not find this persuasive: "[E]ven if appellant's foot-tapping and the movement of his foot towards the undercover officer's stall are considered 'speech,' they would be intrusive speech directed at a captive audience, and the government may prohibit them."

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