Larry Inman Trial Continues; Donations, Donations

The Larry Inman trial is ongoing. Why isn’t someone sticking a camera in Wayne Schmidt’s face every single day asking him for comment? It’s Wayne Schmit’s old seat. According to this website, Schmidt got $5,000 from the same Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters PAC. The same website says that Larry Inman got only $2,000 from the carpenters.

At trial, Inman’s attorney made a stink about the fact that the union Inman tried to shake down allegedly funded the recall effort in part. However, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has given Inman until the end of the week to explain how he’s paying for his defense or explain how he doesn’t have to explain. Interesting, huh? Local news hasn’t run with that one at all yet.

This is what Larry Inman says he looks like:

This is what Larry Inman actually looks like:
(That’s like a whole other person. How old is that first picture? You could never find the actually Larry Inman based on that first photograph.)

Does anyone else see a striking resemblance to Mr. Woodchuck from Full House? (In your best Mr. Woodchuck voice: “Got any…checks?!?”)

Then, there’s the attorney. How does a guy who’s accused of trying a shakedown find an attorney who looks like a 1920s mobster? Is there a section of the yellow pages for that? (1920s gangsta voice: It was the drugs, see? It was free speech, ya see? The government is just taking him for a ride, see? My client’s not going on vacation, ya see?)

The Inman recall group says that they’re going to pursue an appeal of the rejection of the recall petition language. This is a good opportunity for courts to clarify whether it’s a strict compliance/exact language requirement or not.

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3 thoughts on “Larry Inman Trial Continues; Donations, Donations”

  1. As the Detroit News asked, where is Marino The Ghost?

    How is it that the FBI could not locate and subpoena a sitting member of the Michigan House of representatives, or get an interview? He lives in Macomb, not not the remote wilderness of the UP – so fear of wolves and yoopers is not a legitimate excuse.

    “Jeremy Ashcroft, special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, testified Friday that the FBI tried to scheduled (sic) interviews with Marino, R-Harrison Township, who sat next to Inman on the House floor. The interviews didn’t occur, and Marino stopped returning calls, Ashcroft said.”

    Who knew all those mafia guys in the movies only had to stop returning phone calls to duck the FBI and avoid going to court? Concerned an awkward FBI interview might result in a lying to investigators charge? Don’t worry – just send their calls to voice mail. Remember, “my phone battery went dead”. Might as well just lose your phone for a while, just to be sure. Marino The Ghost makes it look easy.

    The full resources of the FBI, in a bribery case involving politicians and substantial written evidence, and they cannot track down a sitting Michigan House member? It defies belief. If it was in a movie, I wouldn’t believe the FBI could be so inept – especially with modern phone tracking.

    Marino The Ghost’s absence from the trial has allowed Cooke to use him as a scapegoat, and potentially create doubt in the mind of jurors.

    This trial has been long scheduled, and is not some new or sudden thing. Legislators keep public schedules. They have taxpayer paid staff who answer their phones, right? Do The Ghost’s staff not prioritize messages from federal agents?

    Can an agent not sit in front of his residence? Can the FBI not get a subpoena to ping and track his phone location?

    The FBI owes the taxpayers an explanation. This is the sort of thing that causes conspiracy and cover-up theories. Like, maybe some people really didn’t want his interview or testimony under oath?

    Does The Ghost’s absence from the trial create a basis for an Inman appeal? Certainly it builds a foundation for a hung jury. Hopefully in any retrail The Ghost could be located. Maybe the FBI could retain Bill Murray and The Ghost Busters?

  2. Marino The Ghost voted in the House on December 3 and December 4, and during Nov and Oct. In fact, he has missed hardly any votes, and none recently. So why did the FBI find him so difficult to track down?

    I always thought the FBI played hardball when people duck their investigations and interview requests. Guess I watch too many movies. Columbo would never have allowed this. He would have showed up at Thanksgiving, and would not have left without asking “just one more question, sir..”

    The bills The Ghost did not vote on were very curious. He did not vote for Inman’s resignation and he did not vote in numerous bills that would have given the state Auditor General more authority to obtain documents and investigate. Curious pattern of apparent avoidance, eh?

    https://www.michiganvotes.org/SearchVotes.aspx?EntityID=143424

    https://www.michiganvotes.org/SearchVotes.aspx?EntityID=143424&Missed=True&StartMonth=1&StartYear=2017&EndMonth=12&EndYear=2020

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