One day after pleading guilty to taking more than $35,000 in bribes, Detroit Councilman André Spivey on Wednesday officially resigned -- a decision he really had no choice in. The resignation was effective immediately.
The Detroit News obtained a letter to Council President Brenda Jones, saying "it has been a pleasure to serve" the city for nearly 12 years and that he's "praying for an even brighter future for Detroit." The letter did not reference his corruption case.
State law forbids a politician convicted of a felony involving public trust from holding state or local office for 20 years.
A court document shows that Spivey and an unnamed staffer introduced to other councilmembers an undercover FBI agent and an FBI informant who were working together to unearth corruption in city government. The agent and the informant gave Spivey and his staffer more than $35,000 for help on towing issues before the council.