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Prosecutors want new trial for Inman before he leaves office

In documents filed in federal court Friday, U.S. prosecutors say they want to take State Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) to court before he leaves office.

Inman is accused of trying to sell his vote on a piece of legislation in 2018. He’s still facing two corruption charges after a partial acquittal and mistrial last year.

“Due to term limits and the time needed for this Court to decide and to reset this case for a retrial, [Rep. Inman] may very well have served the full term of an office from which he sought to improperly gain,” prosecutors said in a brief. “And, as with all cases, witness memories may fade as time continues to pass and yet the government’s high burden of proof remains the same.”

Larry Inman is term-limited. His third and final term in the state house wraps up at the end of the year. His attorney said a jury didn’t find the lawmaker guilty of lying to the FBI, so the rest of the case should be thrown out.

“The jury believed Representative Inman’s testimony,” Inman’s attorney Chris Cooke wrote in a July brief. “The entire body of evidence that the Government had to contradict Representative Inman’s statements and testimony was presented to the jury. Their verdict is an affirmation of his testimony that he had no intention to violate the law.”

Cooke previously filed a motion to have the rest of the charges dismissed, but prosecutors say that wasn’t done on time.

Inman has said he’s innocent of all charges.

“I’m going to stand up for what I think is right and that is I did not do anything wrong," the lawmaker said in February.

Now Federal Court Judge Robert Jonker will decide if -- and when -- a retrial will take place. Inman’s attorney says he has no idea when that decision will be made.

Max came to IPR in 2017 as an environmental intern. In 2018, he returned to the station as a reporter and quickly took on leadership roles as Interim News Director and eventually Assignment Editor. Before joining IPR, Max worked as a news director and reporter at Michigan State University's student radio station WDBM. In 2018, he reported on a Title IX dispute with MSU in his story "Prompt, Thorough and Impartial." His work has also been heard on Michigan Radio, WDBM and WKAR in East Lansing and NPR.