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Lawmaker charged with corruption calls it ‘crap,’ won’t quit

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker charged with soliciting a bribe for votes says he’s shocked by the indictment and calls it “crap.”

Rep. Larry Inman appeared Thursday on “Michigan’s Big Show,” a Lansing-based radio show, two days after federal prosecutors filed an indictment against the Republican. He says he won’t resign.

The government says text messages show Inman urging a labor union to round up campaign contributions last summer to ensure some lawmakers would vote a certain way on a controversial wage proposal. The messages show Inman saying $5,000 won’t be enough.

But Inman says, “Text messages can be misinterpreted.”

The government says the union didn’t respond to Inman’s pitch. The Traverse City-area lawmaker ultimately voted to repeal a wage law against the union’s interests.

Inman says, “Do you think that I would take a bribe? Come on. This is crap.”


Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Clinic to mark first anniversary

The Pro Se Clinic Soiree, presented by the Oakland County Bar Association, is a benefit event celebrating the first anniversary of the Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Clinic. It will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 at the Miller Canfield offices, 150 W. Jefferson Ave. in Detroit.

The Pro Se Clinic, located at the federal courthouse in downtown Detroit, provides legal services to low-income litigants representing themselves in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. It is staffed by University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and operates with the support of the District Court, as well as multiple community partners.

Tickets are $75. Register at https://pro-se-clinic-soiree.eventbrite.com.


Appeals Court: Lansing woman can sue over failed cancer diagnosis

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Court of Appeals says a Lansing woman can sue the county health department that she says failed to diagnose her breast cancer.

Zanetta Hutchinson filed a lawsuit against the Ingham County Health Department, a doctor and a nurse practitioner after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. Hutchinson says the department’s Women’s Health Center allowed a malignant tumor to grow unchecked for years.

The Lansing State Journal reports that the appeals court ruled last week that Hutchinson is allowed to sue. The case is being sent back to Ingham County Circuit Court, which previously sided with the health department’s claim that Hutchinson’s lawsuit was invalid because she filed too late.

Michigan law says a claim must be filed six months after an alleged instance of medical malpractice.


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