Inman's attorney says charges aren't federal issue, wants case dismissed

Jun 19, 2019

Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg)
Credit Max Johnston

The attorney for State Representative Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) wants the charges against his client dismissed. Inman has plead not guilty to charges of extortion, soliciting a bribe and lying to the FBI. 

The U.S. Attorney for the Western District alleges Inman offered to trade one of his votes in the Michigan House of Representatives for campaign money. But Inman's Attorney Chris Cooke says the U.S. District Court can only get involved if the alleged crimes violate interstate commerce.

"The state government has the capability to enforce laws in the state, and unless there’s some connection with federal jurisdiction [then] the federal government shouldn’t be involved," Cooke says.

Cooke says he’ll also argue that Inman had diminished cognitive ability during the alleged crimes from the long-term use of pain medication.