Plenty to talk about in Riddle corruption case

It will take a month to present the government’s corruption case against Sam Riddle, who is facing a raft of extortion charges connected to his work with former Detroit City Councilwoman Monica Conyers, who has pleaded guilty to a bribery charge.

That’s the word from Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Cares to U.S. District Court Judge Avern Cohn, who will preside over the trial, reports The Detroit News.

The Conyers affair is not the only legal hot water Riddle is swimming in.

“In a separate case, Riddle is also charged with bribery in connection with transactions involving a pawn shop and former Southfield City Councilman William Lattimore. That case, before U.S. District Judge Marianne O. Battani, is expected to go to trial in December,” according to the News.

U.S. Attorney: Detroit corruption probe could take years

In an exclusive interview with The Detroit News, Terrence Berg, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, said the federal corruption probe of Detroit government could extend for years.

Berg said the investigation is humming along, despite a perception that “nothing is happening” following several guilty pleas, including that of former Councilwoman Monica Conyers.