LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – On Thursday morning Michigan House of Representatives Clerk Gary Randall confirmed what we already knew- representatives must sign their own bills. But during cross examination, the defense suggested this House rule might not be consistently enforced.
Michael Nichols, defense attorney for Cindy Gamrat, questions Gary Randall on what happens to a bill draft once submitted.
Nichols: “There is no standard practice for verifying the authenticity of a member’s purported signature on a blue back. Correct?”
Randall did say his office has signatures on record for each house member, so that authenticity could be checked.
But Nichols argues this isn’t the only rule violation out there.
“The Speaker’s obligation is to get it introduced into the House within 24 hours.”
Testimony today says that did not happen a week before Gamrat and Courser allegedly had someone sign bills for them. So in Nichols’ eyes, this case is hypocritical.
“Don’t you throw stones at my client when you live in a glass house.”
Also on the stand today was House Business Officer Tim Bowlin.
Both defense attorneys worked to undercut Bowlin’s investigation and report of covering up the Courser-Gamrat affair. Nichols argues without a recording, it’s not known what Bowlin asked Gamrat, nor her answers.
“There’s no objective evidence of what they asked her and what she said,” he said to District Judge Hugh Clarke, Jr.
The hearing will resume June 14.