DETROIT, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- A Michigan political consultant on trial for corruption is using the social networking site Twitter to try to drum up legal defense funds, his messages show.
The court-appointed lawyers for Sam Riddle were allowed Monday to withdraw from the case after a mistrial was declared in Riddle's trial for bribery and extortion, the Detroit Free Press reported.
"I need a little help so I can get a decent lawyer every little bit helps -thanks," Riddle tweeted, directing recipients to a Web site providing specific information on how to make donations.
U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn said Riddle has until Monday to find a lawyer or he will appoint one.
Sam Riddle sent the messages Wednesday.