Monica Conyers seeks early release from court supervision

Robert Snell
The Detroit News

Detroit – — Former Detroit Councilwoman Monica Conyers asked a federal judge Tuesday for early release from court supervision, saying she is a model ex-con.

Conyers, the 49-year-old wife of U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit, is supposed to be on supervised release for a bribery conviction for two years — until April — but wants to be released now, according to a federal court filing.

“This is as routine as routine could be,” her defense lawyer Steve Fishman told The Detroit News. “Next to the definition of routine in the dictionary you could have a photo of this (legal) motion.”

The filing offers new details about the disgraced former Detroit politician’s life outside prison. Conyers has worked at Neighborhood Legal Services since October — and received a promotion — after a stint at an auto body shop in Corktown.

A one-term councilwoman, Conyers arrived at the federal women's prison camp in Alderson, W.Va., in September 2010 after pleading guilty to accepting at least $6,000 for her deciding vote on the 2007 Synagro Technologies Inc. sludge contract.

She was released from prison in December 2012 after serving more than two years of a 37-month sentence. The prison was dubbed “Camp Cupcake” because of its low security and mountainous setting.

Citing the U.S. Probation Department, Fishman wrote that Conyers is eligible for early termination because she is classified as low-risk, has complied with probation conditions and meets the department’s new risk-based assessment policy.

Federal prosecutors did not object to the request, Fishman wrote.

“Given Ms. Conyers’ performance while on supervised release, and the concurrence of both the government and the Probation Department, the interests of justice would be served by allowing her supervised release to be terminated early,” Fishman wrote.

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