Monica Conyers is indigent, gets tax-funded public defender

Somehow, when the powers that be thought it was a good idea to create a fund to pay for the legal services of poor people, I bet this wasn’t what they had in mind:

Monica Conyers is indigent, according to a federal judge who has appointed a tax-funded public defender to help her appeal the three-year sentence she received last week for bribery conspiracy.

The former Detroit City Council president and wife of U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Detroit, needs public assistance in her effort to overturn a deal she made to avoid trial on federal charges related to allegations of city contractor bribes.

The fact that her husband was paid more than $170,000 last year isn’t a consideration when calculating her ability to pay a lawyer. Federal law requires the determination of a defendant’s ability to hire a lawyer to be made without regard for the financial ability of the family.

[The Detroit News].

Doesn’t she know that she’s supposed to make a public plea to get your family members and other supporters to send random money orders to pay your debts?

Feel free to express your outrage in the comments. (Or support, I guess. But outrage is more fun).

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