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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Monica Conyers, wife of Democratic Rep. John Conyers Jr., pleaded guilty on Friday

NY Times - By NICK BUNKLEY - June 26, 2009
Detroit Council Member Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribes for Vote

DETROIT — Monica Conyers, a City Council member and the wife of Representative John Conyers Jr., pleaded guilty on Friday to a felony charge of conspiracy to commit bribery and accepting cash-filled envelopes in exchange for her tie-breaking vote on a city contract.
Mrs. Conyers’s plea to the conspiracy charge comes on the heels of a scandal that led former Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick to resign and serve jail time last year, though his crimes were unrelated to hers.
Mrs. Conyers, 44, admitted taking money from a representative of Synagro Technologies before voting in favor of a $1.2 billion sludge-hauling contract with that company. The indictment, released Friday, cited two instances when she received bribes outside a recreation center and a McDonald’s restaurant.
She had originally spoken out against the Synagro contract but suddenly (continues...)

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