The jury hung on Larry Inman’s bribery charges, and the prosecutor vowed to try him again. Then COVID happened, and we forgot all about it.
As of right now, the case is still pending. The parties filed briefs that the judge wanted about whether they could/should retry the case. There is no double jeopardy issue. The judge is making that up, and like any good government appointee, he seems naturally skeptical of the charges against someone else sucking off the government’s pacifier.
For their brief, the U.S. government says that Inman doesn’t dispute that there is no double jeopardy issue. The issue is whether the jury effectively acquitted Inman of all the counts when they acquitted him of one count. The charge they acquitted him on was lying to the FBI. Of course, you can solicit bribes for votes without lying to the FBI about it. The lying part is the extra step. The FBI charge required knowing intent to lie, and that’s a few more steps than is required to solicit the bribes in the first place.
In the meantime, what is Larry Inman doing for his constituents? What does he have to say about COVID? Race issues in Grand Traverse County? The cop camera controversy? The failing school budget and the Homeschool Partnership fraud that has yet to play out? If he’s still our state rep, he should be out reppin’.