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Gingersnap
03-17-2010, 11:45 AM
Rep. Conyers won't help his wife pay for a lawyer

By: David Freddoso
Online Opinion Editor
03/17/10 8:51 AM EDT

The National Law Journal reports that former Detroit City Councilwoman Monica Conyers, wife of House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., has been declared indigent by a federal judge. That means she gets a public defender in her attempt to appeal her three-year prison sentence on a bribery charge to which she pleaded guilty.


[Conyers] says she can't afford a lawyer...despite the fact that her husband who is the second-longest serving current member of the U.S. House of Representatives makes $174,000 a year....The court said that Monica Conyers provided information that established her inability to pay for a lawyer, including "a detailed description of her financial resources in the presentence investigation report and [the information] that Mrs. Conyers was on her own so to speak as to such resources." Therefore, the court said, "Further inquiry was not appropriate and would have intruded on private matters."

The article notes that according to federal guidelines, a family member's wealth cannot be considered when determining a defendant's ability to pay, "unless the family indicates willingness and financial ability to retain counsel promptly."

Sure, they probably did it to conserve assets but my title is more fun. :D

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/Rep-Conyers-wont-help-his-wife-pay-for-a-lawyer-88152417.html#ixzz0iS8vgfXa

noonwitch
03-17-2010, 12:15 PM
I've heard some very interesting rumors about the relationship between Monica and Conyers, and why he married her to begin with.

The rumor going around Detroit is that he has a secret that a black, male politician can't be public about. She found out and blackmailed him into marrying her, so she'd have his name and could use it to get a city council seat (and get him to pay for law school and so forth).

There's never been much love lost between them-they don't even try to pretend. They don't stage things for the press, like a lot of political couples do (think Bill and Hillary). She brought all of her corrupt cohorts into his office and that's when things like the Thanksgiving turkey giveaway mess started happening. They are rarely seen together in public, and a further rumor is that he is not the bio daddy of the kids, who are among the victims in this situation (they're not even teenagers yet).

So, conservatives might as well know what all of us liberals in Detroit are whispering about behind closed doors. I have some pretty good sources for info about this kind of thing.

Gingersnap
03-17-2010, 12:30 PM
So, he really did throw her under the bus.

PoliCon
03-17-2010, 02:49 PM
The rumor going around Detroit is that he has a secret that a black, male politician can't be public about. Gee I wonder what that seekrit could be. . . . He's got a white grandparent doesn't he!;)

megimoo
03-17-2010, 05:53 PM
A fuming Monica Conyers seeks appeal,Experts say she may not have right

"They probable had her dead to rights on a five to ten year sentence and her lawyer and the DA plea bargined it down to three years now she wants to change her plea .

After months of silence, the combative and unpredictable Monica Conyers erupted during her sentencing in federal court Wednesday: first, repeatedly asking to withdraw her guilty plea, then exclaiming she wasn't going to jail for something she didn't do.

"I'm not going to be made a scapegoat for other people," the ex-Detroit councilwoman said in a raised voice. But U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn was unmoved. He sentenced her to 37 months in prison and two years of probation

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Conyers, who is married to U.S. Rep. John Conyers -- who was not in court and did not comment -- pleaded guilty last summer for her role in a bribery scheme involving a $1.2-billion sludge hauling contract between the city and Texas-based Synagro Technologies.

Conyers is to report to prison July 1.

But, later Wednesday, Conyers filed a notice to appeal and was appointed representation by the Federal Defender's Office.

Although defendants often are allowed to appeal rulings, there is a question if that applies to Conyers in this case because she signed a plea agreement as part of her admission of guilt on June 22 that indicates if the sentence imposed falls at 60 months or less, "defendant waives any right to appeal her conviction or sentence."

Alan Gershel, a 28-year veteran of the U.S. Attorney's Office who is now a professor at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, said Conyers' signature on the plea agreement effectively stymies an appeal.

http://www.freep.com/article/20100311/NEWS01/3110396/A-fuming-Monica-Conyers-seeks-appeal

Constitutionally Speaking
03-17-2010, 06:00 PM
I'd say he is throwing US under the bus.


WE are going to pay for her attorneys.

megimoo
03-17-2010, 06:09 PM
I'd say he is throwing US under the bus.


WE are going to pay for her attorneys.Public defenders get paid when they work a case or not.She'll likely take off for Mexico before her due date and the bounty hunters will have to look for her.

noonwitch
03-18-2010, 07:44 AM
Gee I wonder what that seekrit could be. . . . He's got a white grandparent doesn't he!;)



It's more of a dare not speak it's name kind of thing.

djones520
03-18-2010, 07:49 AM
It's more of a dare not speak it's name kind of thing.

Fathered a baby with an underage white girl? Given some of the things these congress critters are getting swept under the rug, I can't see much short of murder that he'd marry someone like that to keep quiet.

AmPat
03-18-2010, 08:03 AM
It's more of a dare not speak it's name kind of thing.

He's not really Black? He IS Black? He's Jewish? He buggers boys? Come on, do tell.:eek::eek:

noonwitch
03-18-2010, 09:40 AM
He's not really Black? He IS Black? He's Jewish? He buggers boys? Come on, do tell.:eek::eek:


The love the dares not speak it's name.

Not little boys, though, and he has been very discreet if it's true, because it's all just gossip. There's no parade of jilted lovers out there crying to the media about him.

fettpett
03-18-2010, 10:21 AM
The love the dares not speak it's name.

Not little boys, though, and he has been very discreet if it's true, because it's all just gossip. There's no parade of jilted lovers out there crying to the media about him.

it's his sister!!! :eek::eek: LOL j/k;):D

Freeman_Shadwell
03-18-2010, 09:45 PM
When is John Conyers up for reelection? This HAS to be of some use against him.

[cool voice over] "John Conyers doesn't look out for his own Wife, what makes you think he's looking out for you?"[/cool voice over]

noonwitch
03-19-2010, 07:38 AM
When is John Conyers up for reelection? This HAS to be of some use against him.

[cool voice over] "John Conyers doesn't look out for his own Wife, what makes you think he's looking out for you?"[/cool voice over]



The conventional view in Detroit is that Monica is bad news, and was a curse on Conyers. She has very few fans left. She only got on council because she had his name. She was young when she married him, and he was already in his 60s.

Conyers' constituents like him. He's seen as a civil rights legend. Not as much as Coleman Young was, but he is seen as a good guy. His district is the west side of Detroit and a couple of small downriver suburbs.