Rep. Larry Inman Discusses What’s Next Following Hung Jury, Not Guilty Verdict
A jury found Grand Traverse county Representative Larry Inman not guilty of lying to the FBI but was hung on charges of attempted bribery and extortion.
The judge declared a mistrial on those two charges.
Meaning Inman could face a second trial on those charges.
The lawmaker was first indicted back in May after federal investigators say Inman tried to sell his vote on repealing a prevailing wage measure.
Inman says he was not in the right state of mind because of an opioid addiction.
After more than 12 hours of deliberation the jury in the Larry Inman trial came to its decision, hung on two counts, not guilty on a third.
State Representative Larry imam walked out of federal court Tuesday night after a jury found him not guilty of lying to the FBI and found themselves hung on charges of attempted bribery and extortion, leading to a mistrial on those charges.
“I’m really happy with the decision. And I’m relieved that hopefully this is over, I can get back to my life and I’m really looking forward to getting back to the legislature and serving the residents of the 104th district,” said Inman.
Inman’s attorney, Chris Cooke also weighed in on the decision by the jury.
“The difficulty with the jury getting hung on counts one and two is obviously something that is internal to those charges to the proofs the government put on them. So, I would ask the government to take a close look at whether they’re going to put Representative Inman through more of this indictment and just draw this to a close,” said Cooke.
Inman says he now plans on returning to Lansing.
“I certainly will ask the speaker to reinstate my office, and my staff, and my assignments as though the moment before the indictment came out,” said Inman.
Federal prosecutors could still retry Inman on the attempted bribery and extortion charges, but a date for that has not been set.