Jon Christian Ryter
March 13, 2010

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John Conyers’ wife gets 37 months for bribery—Mar. 11, 2010>>>In June of last year, former Detroit City Councilwoman Monica Conyers, wife of powerful Congressman John Conyers, Jr., pleaded guilty to accepting at least $69,500 in bribes in shakedown schemes designed to enrich Conyers and a Conyers aide, Sam Riddle, Jr., who confessed in May, 2009 and agreed to testify against Conyers.

On Wednesday, June 24, 2009 federal prosecutors gave Monica Conyers until midnight that day to accept or reject what was then a secret plea deal. She pleaded guilty to conspiracy, expecting to get a slap on the wrist, probation or, at worst, community service. US District Court Judge Avern Cohn accepted her voluntary guilty plea. Conyers tried to recant her guilty plea when Cohn sentenced her to 37 months in a federal detention center. As Conyers yelled that she was going to appeal the sentence, Cohn ordered the crowded courtroom cleared.

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