WASHINGTON – Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, didn't have to plead guilty to sex charges stemming from a men's room encounter with an undercover cop in Minnesota.
All he had to do was hand the police officer a copy of the U.S. Constitution – the document the senator swore to uphold upon first taking office in Congress 27 years earlier.
There is little ambiguity in Article 1: Section 6, which clearly states no member of Congress can be arrested while traveling to or from official session.
Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution says no member of Congress can be arrested while traveling to or from official session except for treason, felony and breach of the peace
Craig was arrested just after 12 noon June 11. He cast a vote on a high-profile cloture motion on the Senate floor at 5:55 p.m. that same day.
That's so cool. I mean, all partisan snark aside, what an obscure and archaic bit of law -- not just any law, but the highest law of the land -- to defend such a petty and low offense. How often does that happen?
And from the partisan snark perspective, one can't but help enjoy the spectacle drag on a bit longer.