Well, yesterday the city of Detroit finally received some well-deserved justice. Former Detroit City Councilwoman Monica Conyers (wife of the Congressman John Conyers), was sentenced to serve 37 months in a federal prison after she plead guilty to accepting bribes.
Her plea was for taking bribes to support a contract with Synagro, a sludge processing company; however, the trial of her former aide, Sam Riddle, also exposed a series of other payoffs. Because of that, U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn was going to increase Conyers’ sentence. He had originally planned on 3 years, then wanted to move up to 4-5 years, but Conyers protested and claimed she was a victim of an overzealous media out to get her. She wanted to take back her guilty plea, but the judge wouldn’t allow it. Instead, he backed down on the sentencing and went back to 3 years (37 months).
Here is a video, courtesy of FOX 2 Detroit:
And when reporters went to talk to Conyers, again courtesy of FOX 2 Detroit:
Conyers absolutely deserved this (in fact, she probably deserved the full 5 years). She plead guilty to the charge, and then when she saw that she as going to get a REAL punishment, she tried to back out of it. If she wasn’t guilty, she never should have plead guilty the first time. Detroit deserved some justice yesterday, and I am happy to see Monica Conyers going to jail. Her crooked ways and the ways of those like her (Kwame Kilpatrick, for one) are purely disgusting, and not what Detroit needs. Hopefully, this, along with the sentencing of Kwame Kilpatrick, mark the road to recovery for Detroit politics and an end to corruption in Detroit.