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Ex-justice Hathaway to be sentenced Tuesday

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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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