Conyers bribery scandal sentencing

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Democratic congressman John Conyers’ wife, Monica, former president of the Detroit city council, is set to be sentenced on Wednesday. There are reports the prosecutors are asking for four years or more in the slam. 

This is just the spectacle Democrats need as even The New York Times covers Democrats’ growing ethics problems in New York and Washington on the front page.

The juiciest bit of the Detroit Free Press report is buried way down at the bottom:

During (a related) trial, prosecutors contended Conyers pressured Greektown entrepreneur Jim Papas to hire Riddle as a consultant after Conyers generated what appears to be a favor for Papas from her husband, U.S. Rep. John Conyers, a Detroit Democrat.

In a signed July 2007 letter shown to jurors, the veteran congressman supported a controversial Papas-operated, hazardous-waste injection well in Romulus that he previously had opposed. Papas issued a statement last summer denying any wrongdoing and insisting that Riddle’s hiring was unrelated to the letter.

My, my, this was going to be the most ethical congress, like, evvvvvva.

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David Mastio

David Mastio, former Deputy Editorial Page Editor at The Washington Times, was an editorial writer and op-ed editor for USA Today, Washington correspondent for The Detroit News, editorial writer for The Virginian-Pilot, founding Editorial Page Editor of The Washington Examiner and speechwriter for World Bank President Robert Zoellick when he was the United States Trade Representative under President George W. ...

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