Inman attorney pushes for dismissal of charges

By: - June 19, 2019 2:50 pm

Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg), May 16, 2019 | Nick Manes

The attorney for embattled state Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) has filed for federal charges against his client to be dismissed.

The Northern Michigan lawmaker was indicted by a federal grand jury in May on allegations that he attempted to solicit a bribe for himself and other unidentified lawmakers in exchange for voting against prevailing wage repeal last year. Inman pleaded “not guilty” late last month.

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In court documents filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Inman attorney Christopher Cooke argues that campaign contributions to Inman from the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights in the months ahead of the vote “are pure campaign contributions that cannot be used to support an indictment.”

He said the contributions were well within the scope of Michigan campaign finance laws, and that they “are unconnected in time or by any other allegation in the indictment.”

Cooke also stated that Inman’s vote in favor of repealing the prevailing wage makes him “immune,” because he ultimately voted against the union’s interest.

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In a separate court filing Tuesday, Cooke noted Inman’s opioid addiction, which allegedly stemmed from past surgeries. Cooke said as part of Inman’s defense that he’ll “present expert testimony and related evidence of diminished cognitive ability bearing on the issue of whether or not [Inman] had the requisite mental state required for the charged offenses.”

Inman has been absent from the Michigan House since the indictment charges were handed down on May 15, but he has resisted calls from within his party to resign his seat.

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Nick Manes
Nick Manes

Nick Manes is a former Michigan Advance reporter, covering West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels.