Conyers wants to withdraw guilty plea

Nov. 24, 2010 at 12:27 PM

DETROIT, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- A federal prosecutor said former Detroit councilwoman Monica Conyers doesn't have sufficient reason to take back a guilty plea she entered in a bribery case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Gaedeke wrote in documents filed with the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that Conyers hasn't offered a plausible explanation for her about-face, the Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday.

Gaedeke said Conyers waited eight months until her sentencing hearing to try to take back the plea.

Conyers argued in her request a lower federal court wrongfully and repeatedly denied her the opportunity to withdraw the plea that landed her at a federal prison camp in West Virginia for 37 months.

She pleaded guilty to accepting bribes in exchange for voting in favor of a $1.2 billion sludge deal.

Conyers is the wife of U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich.

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