Friday, December 13, 2019

Michigan: State Representative facing recall effort found not-guilty of one count, hung jury on two others

A federal jury found Michigan State Representative Larry C. Inman (R) not guilty of lying to federal authorities, but were hung on charges of attempted extortion and soliciting a bribe.

Inman was indicted by a federal grand jury over attempted extortion, bribery and lying to the FBI continues, with the House voting 98-8 to call for his resignation. Inman is accused of trying to get a bribe from a union group for a vote to repeal the state's prevailing wage law. He has been prevented from going to his old office, though he is able to go onto the House floor. Inman blamed an opiod addiction.

The recall effort against Inman has floundered after the Elections Director tossing out the 13,991 signatures. The petition language was originally approved, but the petitions that were printed out left out the word "right" in the sentence: attempted extortion under color of official right."

They needed 12201 valids to get on the ballot.

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