Details have been released for the Sept. 10 Minnesota Court of Appeals hearing in Idaho Sen. Larry Craig’s infamous airport bathroom sex case.
It comes six days after the close of the Republican National Convention in the Twin Cities, so most delegates and elected politicians already will have passed through the airport on their way home. By the way, Craig, who is retiring, is not expected to attend the convention.
The senator was arrested in a Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport bathroom in June 2007 during a sex sting operation for allegedly making advances toward an undercover officer. The story first became public last August. Craig pleaded guilty to disorderly contact but soon after, the Idaho Republican changed his mind and tried to withdraw his guilty plea.
Hennepin County District Judge Charles A. Porter said: No way.
Craig then appealed the decision.
The Sept. 10 hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. in Courtroom 300, on the third floor of the Minnesota Judicial Center, adjacent to the Capitol Mall. (Because of the expected crowd of local and national media, the hearing has been moved to a larger courtroom than would normally be used for such an appeal.)
Thirty seats have been reserved for the media. Overflow seating will be available on the ground floor, where the proceedings will be broadcast live.
The court has arranged with Twin Cities Public Television to post a video archive of the arguments on the Judicial Branch website by about noon that day.
More from the official memo, sent today by Kyle Christopherson, communications specialist in the court information office:
The arguments are expected to last 35 minutes. The appellant and the respondent will each have 15 minutes for oral argument. The appellant will then have five minutes for rebuttal.
WCCO-TV in Minneapolis will serve as the pool television camera and the Saint Paul Pioneer Press will serve as the pool still camera.