Alexa
  • Directory of Taiwan

Congressman's wife resigns from Detroit Council

 This booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshal's Service, Detroit City Council member Monica Conyers, the wife of Democratic congressman John Conyer...
 In this Sept. 9, 2008 file photo, Detroit City Council President Pro Tem Monica Conyers attends a council meeting in Detroit. City Councilwoman Monic...
 Detroit City Council President Ken Cockrel Jr.left, says during a news conference at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center in Detroit, Monday, June 2...

Detroit Corruption

This booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshal's Service, Detroit City Council member Monica Conyers, the wife of Democratic congressman John Conyer...

Detroit City Council Conyers

In this Sept. 9, 2008 file photo, Detroit City Council President Pro Tem Monica Conyers attends a council meeting in Detroit. City Councilwoman Monic...

Detroit Council Conyers

Detroit City Council President Ken Cockrel Jr.left, says during a news conference at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center in Detroit, Monday, June 2...

Just months after spending of hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees to oust former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, the beleaguered city of Detroit was spared another round Monday when City Councilwoman Monica Conyers resigned her seat without a fight.
Conyers, 44, the wife of powerful and respected Democratic Rep. John Conyers, quietly had a staffer bring the City Clerk's office a one-paragraph letter announcing her resignation three days after she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery for her vote on a sludge hauling contract.
Prosecutors said John Conyers knew nothing of his wife's wrongdoing, and he has been cleared of involvement in the bribery case.
More than a year ago, Kilpatrick was confronted with stepping aside or being forced out as mayor over a text-messaging sex scandal. Conyers watched as Kilpatrick lost a monthslong fight to hang on and eventually went to jail.
Conyers faced equally strong demands from colleagues to relinquish her council seat.
"What happened today was necessary. It was not something that was easy," City Council President Ken Cockrel Jr. said. "The next step is for the City Council to really get back to business as usual."
Conyers' surprise resignation, effective July 6, saved the council from hiring an outside lawyer and pursuing the same forfeiture of office proceedings that hounded Kilpatrick before his decision to plead in two criminal cases and walk away from the mayor's office.
Kilpatrick had faced perjury, misconduct and obstruction of justice charges for lying to a jury during a 2007 whistle-blowers' trial.


Updated : 2021-05-09 12:05 GMT+08:00