Senator Accused in Airport Sex Sting Forms Legal Defense Fund

Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, listens to President Bush as he spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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WASHINGTON (AP) _ Idaho Sen. Larry Craig has formed a legal fund
to help pay for costs associated with his effort to withdraw his guilty plea from an airport men's room sex sting case.

Craig's legal expense fund, called Fund for Justice, is disclosed in papers filed with the Senate's Office of Public Records.

Craig told Congressional Quarterly that the Senate Ethics Committee has approved the new legal fund. In February, the Ethics Committee chided Craig for spending $213,000 in campaign funds to pay legal and public-relations fees without the panel's approval.

Craig's lawyers argued before a three-judge state appeals court panel in Minnesota last week that he should be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea.

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