Michigan Supreme Court Scandals

Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway was sentenced yesterday for a bank-fraud scheme. She used her legal and real estate expertise to conceal assets while she was pleading with a bank for a sale on her underwater home in Grosse Pointe Park.

Hathaway's attorney, Steve Fishman, argued that she has suffered enough after losing her job as a Michigan Supreme Court Justice, her law license, and her real estate license. Fishman remarked to the judge, "Hathaway’s name and reputation have a permanent stain. Is that enough? I say it’s enough."

But the judge in the case did not think it was enough and sentenced her to 366 days in prison where she will likely serve 9-10 months with credit for good behavior.

Although the bank-fraud scheme was not connected with her position as a Michigan Supreme Court Justice, it doesn't bode well for the reputation of the Michigan Supreme Court.

Hathaway's scandal couldn't have come at a worse time for the Court as former Chief Justice Elizabeth Weaver recently released a scathing book called Judicial Deceit on the inside dealings of the Michigan Supreme Court.

In the book, Weaver argues for an overhaul of the election process for justices, and she might just get her way if popular opinion of the Court is tainted.

Lansing State Journal -- Disgraced ex-Michigan judge Diane Hathaway sentenced to 1 year in prison 


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