In a flurry of action at the end of the Legislative Session in Lansing Monday, State Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) was let back into the Republican caucus in the Michigan House of Representatives.
In 2019 Inman was removed from the caucus, stripped of his committee assignments, and lost his office access and staff in the Capitol after a federal indictment. A subsequent trial found him not guilty of one corruption charge, while a jury couldn’t agree on two others. That ended in a mistrial.
Rep. Inman has always insisted he’s innocent, and in a statement asked the Federal Court Judge overseeing his case to dismiss the remaining charges.
“I am encouraged that I believe the Speaker and (Republican) caucus now understand what I have gone through over the past 2 years,” the lawmaker wrote.
Earlier this year Federal Prosecutors said they wanted to take Inman back to court by the end of his term, but the case was tabled during the COVID-19 pandemic. The judge has yet to make a final decision on whether Inman will stand trial over the remaining two charges.
Inman’s seat, for Grand Traverse County’s 104th State House District, will be filled by Republican John Roth in January.