Here’s one the local media skipped:
Larry Inman had to report to the state what he or others contributed to his legal defense from July 1-September 30. He claims he contributed $1,500 of his own money.
Okay, that makes no sense at all.
Here is just a portion of the docket during that time period:
There were motions. Lots of them. With responses. The whole motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction happened during that time period. This doesn’t look like $1,500 worth of legal defense.
It’s possible that the attorney is doing it on a flat fee, or withholding the bill until the very end, or doing it for a very low rate. Perhaps the attorney isn’t charging him at all, and the flat fee is $1,500 for an expert witness or motion fees.
But. But. The State of Michigan previously assessed a fine against Inman for failing to report campaign contributions from the very same attorney that is now representing him. Here is the link to the letter from the State of Michigan about that. The attorney is the very last person listed on page two as being an unreported contribution.
(We talked about this before. Read my previous article.)
The next question is, under what law was Inman required to report funds spent on his criminal defense? It appears to be the Legal Defense Fund Act. The law requires elected officials to disclose what they spend defending themselves for criminal charges related to their official duties. Yes, the law requires the elected official to make a report even if they only use their own money.
According to the state website, and according to the letter from the Secretary of State about Inman’s non-compliance, Inman should have filed two disclosures by now – one for the period ending June 30 and one for the period ending September 30. There are penalties for late filings.
Here is the link to what Inman filed. First of all, it looks like a four year old wrote it. (And this is after rehab, so you can’t blame the drugs.)
Inman doesn’t file two reports. He only files one, for the period ending September 30. He doesn’t file for the period ending June 30. That omission is relevant because, in the September 30 filing, he reports $1,500 in contributions in Q3, July 1 – September 30, but total contributions of $30,000 overall year to date. There’s no explanation of where that $30,000 came from or when it was made. He says, “no contribution other me” in the filing, but since it’s a filing for September 30, we don’t know whether he’s claiming the $30,000 is a contribution only from him or not.
According to the State of Michigan website, you have to have a legal defense fund organized within 10 calendar days after making the first expenditure on your legal defense. Yet, Inman only shows contributions. Inman doesn’t report expenditures. The LDF filing is supposed to show money going in, and money going out. That’s what the form asks for. There are lines to report all of it, you know like accounting, but Inman just skips it. (Try that on your taxes and see how that works out for you.)
I’m copying this right from the state website: “Yes, a LDF must be filed even if the elected official uses only his or her own money.” Like, you’re supposed to have a fund ID number. Inman just writes “not filed” for his LDF. You’re supposed to give an address for the vendor paid. Inman doesn’t do that either.
So it’s frustrating with these agencies, that, a rule like this exists, Inman first of all doesn’t do it, then he does but gives a totally shoddy answer, and the government agency is like, oh okay, it’s cool. That’s not how the government treats us little people when we miss a few filing deadlines and don’t really fill out a form the way you’re supposed to. The fact that the disclosure docs say “Clear Form” on the top right side of them means that it’s a document that you can type in and then print. However, Inman prints it first and then appears to either have terrible handwriting or wrote it in crayon.