[…] In a CNN interview Sunday, one of Craig’s Senate colleagues compared the guilty plea to a motorist paying an undeserved parking ticket. Sen. Arlen Specter, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Craig should stay in the Senate and fight to overturn his conviction.
“He thought that this matter would not be publicly disclosed, and that was very foolish,” Specter said. “Now look here, you have 27 years in the Congress, you have his reputation, you have his whole life on the line. I think he’s entitled to his day in court. Maybe he will be convicted, but I doubt it.”
Specter said Minnesota law allows a defendant to withdraw a guilty plea “if there is manifest injustice, and that is defined that a plea can be withdrawn if it was not intelligently made,” Specter said. “And what Sen. Craig did was by no means intelligent.”
I don’t think Specter meant that like it came out. But he’s right. If you didn’t commit the crime, pleading in hopes that “it would just go away” is not intelligent. Public people have no expectation of privacy, particularly in matters of their sexual behavior. That’s just the way it is. To believe otherwise was just stupid. Yeah, I know, the newspaper was trying to prove he was gay, and this would have fed that fire. Of course, hindsight is 20/20.
There’s a larger issue here, though, that seems to be escaping the notice of almost everyone. Even if he is “guilty” as charged, the fact that this sting was being run in the first place is abhorrent. Where’s the equity in this? Why aren’t we running stings in nightclub restrooms to catch heterosexuals? How is what he accused of any different? It’s not like he was arrested for manifest hypocrisy. Seriously, arrest the heterosexuals having sex in public places too, or just stop this nonsense. That is all. Continue as you were.