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Detroit councilwoman under scrutiny, scolds mediaBy DAVID N.

GOODMAN and COREY WILLIAMS â€" Jun 17, 2009DETROIT (AP) — In the glare of a corruption investigation, City Council member Monica Conyers tended to home repairs and chaired a meeting on strip clubs Wednesday but said nothing publicly about an alleged scheme to trade votes for money."I am not going to talk to you.

I've got nothing to say to you," Conyers, the wife of U.S.

Rep.

John Conyers, D-Mich., told reporters outside her home.She accused the news media of "harassing" her and neighbors, then rode to City Hall where she led a hearing about possible restrictions at strip clubs before council President Ken Cockrel Jr.

took over."Just like the news media, they don't have a right to harass us.

But they have a right to be here," Conyers said of the clubs.The Associated Press learned that Conyers is "Council Member A" listed in a document as receiving more than $6,000 for her 2007 vote on a $47 million-a-year contract with Synagro Technologies of Houston to recycle sludge from a wastewater treatment plant.

She has not been charged.The information comes from a person with knowledge of the investigation who asked not to be named because the person was not authorized to speak publicly.No suggestion has been made that Conyers' husband, Rep.

John Conyers, D-Mich., has any role in the FBI investigation.On Monday, businessman Rayford Jackson, a Synagro contractor, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery to win the sludge deal.

Jackson said he arranged at least four payments for Council Member A, including $3,000 on the same day Conyers joined with the majority in approving the Synagro deal, 5-4.Conyers, 44, was elected to the Detroit council in 2005.

John Conyers, 80, was elected to Congress in 1964 and has never received less than 82 percent of the vote in re-elections since.Associated Press Writer Ed White contributed to this report.Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press.

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