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    Re: Councilwoman Gets 37 Months For Bribery

    Posted by Sharon on 3/18/10

    On 3/15/10, Sharon wrote:
    > roit_councilwoman_gets_37_months_for_bribery/

    Monica Conyers gets court-appointed attorney

    Monica Conyers arrives at the Theodore Levin Federal
    Courthouse in downtown Detroit for her sentencing on her
    bribery conviction on Wednesday.

    House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers’ wife can’t pay for an
    attorney and will be provided a government-appointed lawyer
    as she appeals a federal bribery charge, a judge said

    The decision to provide Monica Conyers plea with a court-
    appointed lawyer is just the latest twist in a long-running
    saga in which she was convicted of bribery and sentenced to
    37 months in prison for allegedly accepting bribes from a
    company that had business in front of the Detroit City
    Council when she was its president. She plead guilty, mulled
    withdrawing the plea and vowed to appeal the conviction about
    a week ago.

    The financial information available to the judge in Michigan
    showed “an inability to pay for an attorney” and the judge
    had a detailed look at Mrs. Conyers financial resources,
    according to a spokesman.

    “Mrs. Conyers was on her own, so to speak, as to such
    resources,” said Rod Hansen, a media information office for
    the federal court in Michigan. “Further inquiry was not
    appropriate and would’ve intruded on a private matter.”

    John Conyers, who remains atop the powerful judiciary
    committee, is paid $174,000 each year. He has been in
    Congress since 1965, but only Monica Conyers’ ability to pay
    the attorney is taken into consideration when a judge
    appoints an attorney.

    A spokeswoman for Conyers did not have an immediate response
    if Mr. Conyers was unwilling to pay for an attorney.

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