No surprise. The standard of review, you’ll recall, is “manifest injustice.” Craiggers claimed the injustice manifested itself in his case insofar as he pleaded under duress and didn’t really know what he was doing. A few problems with that:
Craig, a Republican, who was arrested June 11, had six weeks to make a decision that he would plead guilty to the charges that arose after he approached an undercover officer in the men’s room of the Minneapolis airport, the judge wrote.
“The defendant argues he pled in haste to prevent the allegation in this case from being publicized, thus doing damage to his political reputation. This pressure was entirely perceived by the defendant and was not a result of any action by the police, the prosecutor, or the court.”
The judge also scolded Craig for his argument that his plea was “not intelligently made.”
“The Defendant, a career politician with a college education, is of, at least, above-average intelligence. He knew what he was saying, reading, and signing,” Porter wrote.
He was supposed to resign on September 30 but that was pending the ruling here. Presumably he’s on his way out, although since everything else comes up smelling like shinola for the GOP these days, maybe he’ll stick it out for awhile longer with an appeal.
Since no one but no one cares about this story anymore, I now offer you this video of a guy getting kneecapped for science. He too has a “wide stance.”
Update: Yep, he’ll be sticking around for a bit, just to add another stinkbomb to the campaign next fall.