Attorneys Discuss What’s Next in Larry Inman Case, Recall Effort

We have continuing coverage on State Representative Larry Inman after a jury found him not guilty of lying to the FBI and was hung on two other charges.

The judge declared a mistrial on charges of attempted bribery and extortion after the jury could not reach a verdict.

The federal government could still re-try Inman on those charges.

The Grand Traverse County representative was indicted back in May after prosecutors say he tried to sell his vote on the state’s prevailing wage law.

Inman denies that, and says he was not in the right state of mind because of an opioid addiction.

Inman’s attorney says they feel the case should be over.

Meanwhile, the group working to recall the representative is moving forward with their petition.

Larry Inman’s attorney Chris Cooke says as of Wednesday he has not heard if the government plans to retry the representative on charges of attempted bribery and extortion.

“They tried a really exceptionally good case, they put on their proofs, that’s all the proofs they had and a jury felt that wasn’t adequate. Rather than putting representative Inman through another six months or so of hell let’s end this right now for him,” said Cooke.

But the attorney for the group working to recall Inman says the verdict has no impact on their effort, which is currently in the midst of an appeal. The board of state canvassers rejected the petition after it was found to have a misspelled word.

“It’s not so much about Larry Inman right, it’s about the law and how it applies to recall elections and that’s the basis of it. It’s pretty agnostic as far as Mr. Inman is concerned and I think it’s an important issue. So we’re looking forward to have our day in court on this and see where it goes from there,” said attorney Michael Naughton.

The attorney general has until next Monday to file a response to the group’s appeal.

Cooke called the petition flawed.

“I think that language is pretty clear in that statute it has to be precise language approved by the board of state canvassers, it’s not the precise language, they took a shot at him and they missed so I think that’s done,” said Cooke.

Inman was in Lansing Wednesday and met with House Speaker Lee Chatfield about returning to his committee assignments and getting access to his office.

A spokesman for Chatfield said ‘nothing has changed in the house.’