Perhaps a little perspective is in order.
I ran against Larry Inman in 2016.
Not because he and I disagreed greatly in principle, or that he was far left (he is most certainly not), but mostly because I didn’t trust his instincts with people. This may have led to some of his recent problems, and perhaps how easily he can get roped into bad decision making or votes by those with other agendas.
But Larry is not a BAD guy, or evil, or anything that many of those who rise to higher office become. He just trusts too many of those who make a living off of dealing with, or taking advantage of an overly benevolent government.
The rent seekers find players they can successfully manipulate, and there are plenty enough within both political ranks in Michigan alone to fill Cobo hall. But on the fringes of those, are the strategists who work to find the chinks in the armor of political rivals. Willing to ruin the life of a person for political gain is easy for far too many on either side.
I would guarantee that Larry was in some-way victimized by those who have been trying to flip his Northern District and reverse polarity in the State house. He might have also been confused on how to solicit contributions (100% legal) for the over-moneyed process that is politics in Michigan.
But larry Inman is no criminal. And apparently, the first round of court battles he has been engaged in says as much.
Federal charges for Lying have been tossed, and a hung jury has mis-trialed the remainder. He may or may not have to defend himself once more on those charges, but clearly the government could not make the case that Larry Inman is guilty to the satisfaction of all 12 jurors who heard the arguments.
In the meantime however, he is back serving the people who elected him. He should be, and speaker Chatfield should open the representative’s office back up so that he can represent the 104th district properly. After the verdict he went right back to work
““I really had a choice to either drive home and try to catch up with my life and the people in Grand Traverse County or come back here and show really my constituents back home, and all the residents of the state of Michigan and my colleagues down here on the floor, that I came back as a proud person,” he said. “I was not convicted of any crime, I was not guilty to lying to the FBI, which was huge for me, and I am an innocent man, I am a truthful man and I am a man of integrity.”
There will be folks unhappy that he was not convicted, but one question needs to be asked of those. “Why?”
We should be glad of not guilty verdicts. We should be happy that guilt has not been found, and that no crimes have been proven. Innocence is a GOOD thing, is it not?
The determination on at least one charge was that there was no guilt. The remainders left up in the air, and that there was insufficient evidence to convince 12 peers unanimously to declare it.
Larry Inman has been put through the process, and come out the other side still eager to serve in the face of humiliation and degradation of his reputation. His troubles earned in some way or not at all, have an outcome that we must recognize as mostly concluded. The financial and emotional cost being real is more than enough to send any messages that some may wish to impart.
It’s time to move on.