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AG Nessel Reacts to Ruling in Conyers v Garrett

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel released the below statement after Friday’s ruling in Conyers v Garrett from U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan Judge Sean F. Cox. 

Former Detroit City Council President Monica Conyers filed a lawsuit against Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett after Garrett declined to certify her to the ballot to run for Wayne County Executive.  

She was not certified because Conyers pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery in 2009. In Michigan, individuals convicted of public corruption crimes are banned from holding elective or appointed office for two decades. 

“Those who exploit the public’s trust should not so easily be placed in a position to do so again. This ruling ensures that those convicted of having abused their positions of power are prohibited from seeking public office for 20 years and we appreciate the hard work of our staff and Clerk Garrett in upholding this important and common-sense statute.”