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June 26, 2009

Monica Conyers Pleads Guity to Taking Bribes for City Contracts; Supposedly Faces Up to Three Years, But We All Know That's Not Going To Happen

Detroit City Council Pro Tem Monica Conyers pleaded guilty to a felony today in connection with the city sludge contract hauling scandal. Detroit's top federal prosecutor said no other City Council members would be charged in connection with the contract.

Conyers, 44, spoke softly in federal court as she admitted taking bribes in connection with $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.

Why am I so cynical? Because her husband John Conyers just dropped his ACORN probe, stating (really) that "the powers that be" have decided against it.

"The powers that be"? Who on earth could that mean? He's chairman of his committee. Who, exactly, outranks him on this?

So John Conyers gives up his (already half-hearted) probe into Obama's pet community organizing group just as his wife is up for sentencing by prosecutors who answer to Barack Obama.

Would he be that brazen? He could. I don't know if he will be that brazen, but he could. It's certainly not beyond his Chicago Way character.

He's firing IG's investigating his allies, after all, despite the fact he co-sponsored a bill sharply limiting the president's authority to do so.

Something tells me that the prosecutors will decide, in light of Monica Conyers' long-time service to the people of Detroit (ahem), to ask for only three months of jailtime. The rest will be probation or at-home monitoring.


Thanks to AHFF Geoff.


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