Conyers's wife resigns after conviction

Monica Conyers, wife of House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.), submitted her resignation from the Detroit City Council on Monday following a bribery conviction.

Conyers will leave the council effective next Monday after pleading guilty to charges that she sold her vote on a recycling contract.

Conyers had hoped to keep her seat, but Monday morning a majority of the council's other members said they would move to force her from the body, the Detroit Free Press reported. Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox (R) also said he would move to force her removal.

Over the weekend, Council President Ken Cockrel urged Conyers to step down, though she had asked for more time to consider what to do, the Free Press reported. Cockrel issued a statement Monday saying Conyers's resignation would allow the city to move forward.

Conyers was first elected in 2005 and has since found herself at the heart of several controversies. She helped her brother get a city job, from which he was fired two years later, and she has had repeated run-ins with fellow council members.

She admitted taking bribes from Synagro Technologies, a company that had pitched the city on a sludge-treatment facility, in order to vote for the $47 million contract. The measure passed by a single vote.

Prosecutors have said the councilwoman's husband, Detroit's powerful 23-term representative, did not know about his wife's actions and is not a target of any investigation.

An e-mail and phone call to John Conyers's spokesman were not immediately returned.