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Attorney Terrence Berg's statement on City Council member Monica Conyers' guilty plea this morning.Good morning.

Today Detroit City Council Member Monica Ann Conyers pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to commit bribery.

According to Ms.

Conyers� statements in her plea agreement and in open court, her conduct involved misuse of her positions as Detroit City Council President pro tem and as trustee of the City pension board for personal financial gain.Today�s guilty plea by Ms.

Conyers marks the completion of the government�sinvestigation of the role that elected members of the Detroit City Council had in approving the Synagro contract, though the investigation regarding the Synagro contract continues as to others.In connection with that, because the result of this investigation is now public, I want to state that this investigation has not uncovered evidence sufficient to support charging any other elected members of the Detroit City Council with taking bribes or engaging in acts of corruption relating to the Synagro contract.

I also want to make it equally clear that the evidence offered no suggestion that United States Representative John Conyers, Ms.Conyers� husband, had any knowledge or role in Ms.

Conyers� illegal conduct, nor did the Congressman attempt to influence this investigation in any way.This investigation took just under two years from the time we first discovered thepossibility of misconduct by Ms.

Conyers until her plea of guilty today.

This may seem like a long time to people who are not familiar with the complexity and difficulties of federal public corruption investigations, but the citizens of Detroit and of the whole Eastern District of Michigan deserved a thorough and fair investigation that would lead to a successful outcome, and I am very confident and proud to say that that it is exactly what they have received.

In fact, it is due to the thoroughness of this investigation, and the solid nature of the carefully marshaled evidence, that we have a high-level public figure pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery today.
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