The wife of Rep. John Conyers (D., Mich.) will go to jail for 37 months.
Monica Conyers, who plunged her sentencing hearing into controversy Wednesday, has slim hopes of successfully appealing her 37-month prison term, experts say.
An angry Conyers, who surprised U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn by announcing she wanted to withdraw her guilty plea on bribery charges, unleashed a loud courtroom tirade against federal prosecutors and the news media.
“I’m just not going to jail for something I didn’t do,” said the former Detroit city councilwoman. Conyers left the courtroom saying: “I’m appealing this case” because Cohn had “no right to do that.”
A plea document Conyers signed in June said she “waives any right to appeal her conviction or sentence” as long as Cohn sentenced her to five years or less.
Well, look, just because she pleaded guilty to taking bribes is no reason to turn a suspicious eye to her husband.
Elsewhere in the fine, upstanding community of Detroit Democrats, there’s a bit of news from Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick:
Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick and a top aide have been served with grand jury subpoenas requesting testimony in U.S. District Court in Detroit.
Cheeks Kilpatrick, D-Detroit, notified House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of the subpoena in a letter March 1 but made it public Wednesday.
“After consulting with my attorney, I will make the determinations required” under House rules about how to respond, the congresswoman wrote in the March 1 letter. Members are required to report being subpoenaed, and the House clerk read Cheeks Kilpatrick’s notice as is customary.
The reading did not explain the matter in which she was being subpoenaed.
Well, her son Kwame Kilpatrick pled guilty to two felony counts of obstruction of justice and pled no contest to assaulting a Wayne County sheriff’s deputy. He was, of course, mayor of Detroit at the time.