June 26th, 2009
11:45 AM ET
5 years ago

Conyers' office reacts to reports of wife's guilty plea

(CNN) – The office of Democratic Rep. John Conyers released a statement Friday following reports the powerful congressman's wife, Detroit City Council member Monica Conyers, had pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit bribery.

"This has been a trying time for the Conyers family and, with hope and prayer, they will make it through this as a family," said a Conyers spokesman. "Public officials must expect to be held to the highest ethical and legal standards. With this in mind, Mr. Conyers wants to work towards helping his family and city recover from this serious matter."


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soundoff (127 Responses)
  1. Virginia

    Aren't there any honest people in this world anymore? It is depressing to hear how people in authority are nothing more than criminals. Both sides, democrats and republicans are in it for their personal gain.

    June 26, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. Jefe

    Ron in California: "We should double the penalties for violations of the public trust."

    YES! Or charge them with one count of theft for every citizen they effectively steal from. So Blagojevich would have been charged with approximately 13 Millions counts of theft. Give him a 30 minute sentence for each person he committed a crime against.

    June 26, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. Sick -n- Tired

    To Doug new jersey: Let me guess, you're one of those weak minded, religious right wingers that uses God and the Good Book to validate every arguement you make no matter how weak it may be huh. Also a big fan of the word ACORN as well I see! Do you know the difference between God and Bigfoot? Bigfoot's actually been sighted!

    June 26, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. Jacques of MA

    Wonder how many bribes she took before she got caught. Wonder if hubby John knew about it and told her it was ok. Corrupt officeholders should have their punishments doubled, but they are even less likely to go to jail for their breach of the public trust.

    June 26, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. AGirlfromtheD

    What about the free 40k in jewelry she got from the pawn shop, Zeidmans? She has only pleaded to the charges in the Synegro scandal.

    Her husband had to know what was going on.

    June 26, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. Diane

    What's ACORN have to do with this? What's being Democrat or Republican have to do with it? If you break the law, you should suffer the consequences and it should be the same if you are rich or poor, no matter what party you are. Unfortunately, we have become used to our elected officials doing the wrong thing. By the way, adultery is not against the law in most places and if it were and everyone got caught, we couldn't build enough jails for all the folks that do it. People should do what is right, no matter who is or is not watching, but that seems to be out of fashion now. Don't just point fingers at the politicians, check your own life and clean it up. If we would all do that, we'd have better government and better society in general.

    June 26, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. John

    It does not matter whether they are Republican or Democrat or Independant. No party has a claim on morality or integrity. there are bad apples in every barrel and this is one we have thrown out. We all know there are many others.

    June 26, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. No Obama = No Hillary

    Doug, New Jersey.
    Let me guess. You're wearing blinders so you can't see past Gov. Sanford, Senators Ensign, Craig etc. At least, Gov Spitzer had the good grace to step down. Before you go spewing hatred about the left, why not check if the right is as righteous as they claim. Or is it all about do as I say not as I do. As the saying goes, THE POT THAT BOILS OVER SOILS ITSELF.

    June 26, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. Ron in CG

    @ Ajw

    How is it that the Republican party is the party of the rich and well connected on one day and the party of red-necks and the uneducated on others? I've seen first hand the political actions of ACORN, standing on the streets trying to convince people to vote for Kerry then Obama, while they still recieve federal funds. Most of these actions in Detroit and Chicago are indicitive of the politics in those cities. They don't care about doing what is good for the citizens of those cities, they only push their own agneda.

    June 26, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. Kevin from Co

    Another good reason to go independent! The dems and repubs are all crookes from the president down.

    June 26, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. Michael

    The level of corruption and irresponsibility among our elected officials is shameful and disgusting. We pay these people very handsomely to represent our interests; their workload is light compared to ours. The privileges we grant them have gone to their heads: glutted with luxury, they now feel superior to us who write their paychecks. Their behavior expresses contempt for the American people, our ideals and our way of life. Our public servants need to start acting as such.
    There should be only one penalty for unethical behavior of any kind by an elected official: public hanging, preferably from a lamppost outside the Capitol building.

    June 26, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. Buster

    Just another crooked politician. Cap and Trade being voted on today. Call Congress and vote no or you will see an increase in your ELECTRICITY OF $1,900 A YEAR. Poor people will be hurt the most.

    June 26, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. Tom

    I doubt she destroyed her life for a few thousand dollars. This was just the time she got caught. She's probably been totally corrupt for years !!!

    June 26, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. D

    About time she is out of the city council!!! Maybe Detroit can start to have some real leadership now – it is very needed. And Doug from NJ – seriously dude, how do you spin this into ACORN stuff? If you are going to troll as a neocon at least come up with something relating to the topic....

    June 26, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. Is it possible to give Detroit and Chicago to Canada?

    I think many problems would be solved by giving those two cities to Canada, and take the politicians with them

    June 26, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  16. JA/TN

    how much money does it take to sustain, greed at play, sad, and sickening

    June 26, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. citizenjane

    Instead of always faulting bad behavior on a particular organization or party affliation, shouldn't we actually fault the individual?

    June 26, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  18. brian

    It's silly to think they entered the office for the people. Let's get real. Most of them are very 'political' and will do what's needed to get what they want. Just what do you think lobbying is... contribution for favors, projects, and ultimately more money.
    We are not choosing great politician who will watch for our interest, we are just looking for cheapest alternative when we vote.

    June 26, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. RR

    Yep, the two party system works great. Both are corrupt. Conyers, Dodd, Murtha, Pelosi, & Burris are no better than Craig, Delay, Cunningham, or Foley.

    June 26, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  20. Bill

    Yeah ACORN and the dems. All a bunch of liars and crooks

    June 26, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  21. Jon in CA

    I propose a NEW and IMMEDIATE law:

    - Any lawmaker (regardless of party) who breaks the law or the public trust should lose their tax-payer funded job. PERIOD.

    June 26, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  22. Ralph

    @ajw... You think ACORN is a small, low funded community organization group?

    You clearly have no idea who they are.

    June 26, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. Sniffit

    @ Buster, who said "Call Congress and vote no or you will see an increase in your ELECTRICITY OF $1,900 A YEAR."

    Blatant lie. Not one study has shown that. CBO says $175 per year per housegold in total energy expenses. MIT's study said approximately $340 per year per household. MIT even had to send Boehner a letter reprimanding him for citing their study and basically adding a 0 at the end of that in order to exaggerate and scare people, soooo yeah, unless you've got somethign to cite that's more credible than CBO or a group of MIT nerds, then you should probably stop lying.

    June 26, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  24. Peoples Voice

    She committed the crime, she should suffer the punishment. If John abetted her, he should suffer too.

    June 26, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. CVM

    Who ever said that character does not matter, had no character.
    Maybe it is time that we voted for people with less power and prestige, and more character and integrity.
    Shame on us for not demanding more of those that are supposed to be solving problems, not creating them.
    I have had enough!

    June 26, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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