Tapes played in Detroit corruption trial

Feb. 3, 2010 at 10:36 PM
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DETROIT, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Recordings of phone conversations between former Detroit Councilwoman Monica Conyers and an aide were played for a jury Wednesday.

Tom Riddle, who served as Conyers' chief of staff, is charged with working with his ex-boss to extort money from a businessman. Conyers has already pleaded guilty.

The recordings suggested the pair did a lot of fighting. In 2007, Conyers told Riddle to go to Dimitrios Papas's office to pick up a check.

"I ain't no little punk, don't be telling me to go do s---," Riddle responded.

"You ain't no little punk and I ain't no little bitch," she shot back.

Riddle finished off the conversation by saying "I love you too" and screaming.

Conyers also apparently persuaded her husband, U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., to change his mind about a hazardous waste injection well in Romulus, Mich., operated by Papas. Papas, who has said his decision to hire Riddle as a consultant was not related to a letter from the congressman in 2007 supporting the well, is expected to testify Thursday.

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