Cynical Synapse

Sat, 27 Jun 2009

Monica Conyers Pleads Guilty to Bribery

Filed under: Behavior, Detroit, Duh, Justice, Politics — cynicalsynapse @ 12:55 pm

Monica Conyers, September 2008 (AP photo)

Controversial and scandal-riddled Detroit City Council member Monica Conyers pleaded guilty to bribery charges in US District Court this morning. She could get 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. U.S. Attorney Terrence Berg said Monica Conyers admitted to “a pattern of conduct of accepting bribes.”

Monica Conyers’ plea deal said she received two payments from Synagro officials. Rayford Jackson and Jim Rosendall, of Synagro, have already pleaded guilty of bribery. At the same time, the Feds said they are not investigating other Council members. While still a black eye for Detroit, the city can now move forward, putting the Kwame catastrophe and Monica malevolence behind it.

[US Attorney Terrence]Berg said the Conyers plea doesn’t end the Synagro investigation, but it does mark the conclusion of the probe into elected officials in the case. He called the plea deal an “appropriate and fair resolution to the matter,” with a “high-level public figure pleading guilty” to bribery.

Next up: Since U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn said, “The defendant now stands convicted,” Conyers should no longer be a Detroit City Council member. But her lawyer, Bill Goodman, said Conyers’ plea does not mean she will immediately leave office automatically. If Conyers is officially convicted, as Cohn says, Detroit’s city charter states she’s subject to forfeiture. But Mayor Dave Bing isn’t calling for Conyers to step down and Council’s attorneys say she’s not officially convicted until sentencing.

Conyers, who could receive up to 5 years in prison, just do the right thing for Detroit and its citizens she so patheticly let down. Any bets on whether she’s big enough for that? I’m not holding my breath…

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