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Ex-justice Hathaway to be sentenced Tuesday


Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway finds out tomorrow whether she’s headed to prison for bank fraud.

Hathaway pleaded guilty in federal court to concealing a vacation home in Florida, and other assets, to engineer the short sale of a lakefront property in Grosse Pointe Park.

She also resigned the state Supreme Court seat she won in the 2008 election. 

Federal prosecutors have asked for a sentence of 12 to 18 months. Hathaway’s attorney says no purpose would be served by putting the ex-judge behind bars and has asked, instead, that she be sentenced to community service.

Hathaway is the first state Supreme Court justice to resign under the cloud of a felony since John Swainson,  also a former governor,  was forced to quit in 1975 following a perjury conviction.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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