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While on stand, Inman claims painkillers affected memory, actions

State Rep. Larry Inman talking to reporters
Rick Pluta
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Michigan Radio

State Representative Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) is on federal trial facing 30 years in prison for corruption charges. On Friday, the fourth day of the trial, five people — including Inman — took the stand.

Inman is accused of trying to sell his vote to a labor union last year. But he testified that political pressure from other republicans — not cash — factored into how he would vote.

Prosecutors parsed through his text messages that they say show Inman offering his vote to lobbyists for $30,000. Inman said he was on a lot of painkillers and doesn’t even remember sending those.

“I’m clean, I’m happy I’m here and I’m happy that I had the opportunity to tell the jury my side of the story,” he said.

Prosecutors claimed that Inman’s addiction is an excuse crocked up by his defense to avoid punishment.

In brief comments after court adjourned, Inman said he was excited to tell his story.

“I admit I was an addict and a borderline alcoholic and it affected my brain and affected my ability to make good judgement calls and a lot of memory problems that I testified about,” he said.

The jury is expected to make a decision on the case early next week.

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