Friday, January 10, 2020

Michigan: State Representative Inman recall found to be 208 signatures short

The saga of the recall of Michigan State Representative Larry C. Inman (R) has now hit another bump, as the Bureau of Elections has reported that the petitioners have handed in 11993 valid signatures, 208 less than the 12201 needed. Petitioners filed 13,871 signatures total. No word yet on the whether they will challenge this decision -- though it now sounds like it won't be appealed.

The signature ruling comes after a unanimous decision by the Michigan Supreme Court allowing a more lenient standard on recall petition language. The decision overturned lower court rulings, including by the Michigan Court of Appeals, which tossed out all the 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."

Among the key findings of the court:
“The recall petition is proper because the reasons give for recall in the circulated petitions were not different that the reasons that were approved by the Board of Canvassers.”
Inman, who is term-limited, was also recently found not guilty by a federal jury found 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.

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