Sen. Craig is not viewed as one of the legislators who routinely raises civil liberties and protections for the criminal accused. However, after pleading guilty to criminal charges in Minneapolis, he insists that he should have consulted with an attorney.
According to Roll Call, this arrest stemmed from an incident at the Minneapolis airport when police were called in to investigate complaints of lewd conduct in a men’s restroom. Craig pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly and was fined $1,000 and charged $575 in fees. He is on unsupervised probation for a year with a sentence of 10 days in the county workhouse stayed.
Craig issued the following statement:
“At the time of this incident, I complained to the police that they were misconstruing my actions,” he said. “I should have had the advice of counsel in resolving this matter. In hindsight, I should not have pled guilty. I was trying to handle this matter myself quickly and expeditiously.”