There is an update to this post HERE
Detroit — Detroit City Council President Pro Tem Monica Conyers pleaded guilty to a felony today in connection with a city sludge hauling contract scandal. Detroit’s top federal prosecutor said no other City Council members would be charged in connection with the investigation.
Conyers, 44, spoke softly in federal court as she admitted taking bribes in connection with the $1.2 billion Synagro Technologies Inc. contract the Detroit City Council awarded in 2007.
Conyers changed her position from opposing to supporting the deal to cast the deciding vote.
Conyers could be facing about three years in prison under her plea agreement. Her attorney, Steve Fishman, believes federal sentencing guidelines of 30-37 months apply.
Federal prosecutors believe she would get the full five years under sentencing guidelines.
Interim U.S. Attorney Terrence Berg said Conyers’ guilty plea marks the end of the federal investigation of corruption by Detroit council members in connection with the Synagro contract and no other council members will be charged.
Berg also suggested Conyers won’t face additional charges despite allegations she received jewelry and other items of value in connection with city business. Prosecutors plan to present evidence of other alleged acts by Conyers at her sentencing hearing, Berg said.
During the brief court appearance, Conyers had to be asked several times to speak up, and about the only words that were audible were “law degree,” when asked how much education she had.
Her husband, U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit, has offices in the federal courthouse where she pleaded guilty.
Walking off the House floor in Washington where he was voting on legislation, John Conyers said, “I have no comment,” when asked for reaction to the news of his wife’s guilty plea. His office later issued a statement saying it “has been a trying time for the Conyers family and, with hope and prayer, they will make it through this as a family.”
I wouldn’t worry too much about Mrs. Conyers safety in jail, story goes – she packs a “Smokin'” Joe Frasier Right Hook –
“Public officials must expect to be held to the highest ethical and legal standards,” the statement said.