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What price justice? The Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Airports Commission has spent more than $28,000 prosecuting Idaho Senator Larry Craig and fighting his appeal. Craig has asked the Minnesota Court of Appeals to let him withdraw his guilty plea to misdemeanor disorderly conduct after an airport bathroom sex sting. As of Feb. 15, the commission had paid more than $28,000 to the law firm it hires to prosecute misdemeanors. Craig has spent at least $213,000 on his legal bills since his arrest. Craig claims in his appeal that the state’s disorderly conduct law is flawed. � Associated Press Legal pugilist was a prodigy Washington attorney Robert S. Bennett has been a busy man lately. Aside from advising John McCain following the report that the presidential candidate had an inappropriate relationship with a lobbyist, he has been promoting his new book In the Ring: The Trials of a Washington Lawyer. Bennett, a partner at New York-based Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, is the consummate Washington spinmaster, with attributes that have made him the go-to guy for the scandal-plagued: media savvy, political connections, legal know-how. Just ask former clients like Bill Clinton, Judith Miller and Paul Wolfowitz. Right now, his clients include former CIA officer Jose Rodriguez Jr. in the probe into the destruction of the CIA interrogation tapes. Bennett’s forum is almost never a courtroom. Asked why he rarely steps into court, he snorted at the “old canard.” William Bennett, the conservative author, former secretary of education and Robert Bennett’s younger brother, said that when Bennett was growing up, his mother and stepfather paid him a nickel a day not to fight. According to William, Robert didn’t make very much money. � Legal Times

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