Conyers gets 37 months

Former Detroit Councilwoman Monica Conyers has been sentenced to more than three years in jail, and as might be expected, she didn’t go out without at least an attemot at a fight.

The Detroit Free Press was the first with the sordid details of the affair:

Former Detroit City Councilwoman Monica Conyers was just sentenced to 37 months with two years supervised probation and no fine.

The 37 months is the top of the sentencing guidelines recommended by the probation department.

Before the sentencing was announced, a strange series of events transpired, highlighted by Conyers’ request to withdraw her guilty plea. She was screaming that she had her own tapes that would exonerate her before the sentence was announced. She also yelled “What about my children? They did nothing to cause this!” before the sentence announced.

“I would like to withdraw my plea…I shouldn’t go to jail for something I didn’t do,” she said.

She told Judge Avern Cohn that he should read the report from a doctor, where she was sent by the court, and how susceptible she was to badgering. She repeated that this was a doctor
that she saw at the direction of the court.

She then repeated: “I’m just not going to jail for something I did not do.”

Cohn said he was satisfied that the guilty pleawas voluntary and knowingly given.

Earlier, her attorney Steven Fishman had clashed with the judge over sentencing guidelines.

Conyers also said that she knew that there was pressure on Cohn to make an example of her and Fishman said the media has “banged on Ms. Conyers like a pinata.”

He also said the media was gathered in the courtroom “like Madame LaFarge (the lady from Tale of Two Cities, who knitted while the heads rolled) around the guillotine.
Fishman said there is corruption and ongoing investigations, “but she should not be a poster child for all that.”

Conyers said there are things on the wiretaps that will exonerate her.

Goodbye and good riddance Monica, and say hi to Kwame when he more than likely joins you in the near future.

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