LANSING (WKZO) – Taking many by surprise, Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway told the high court Monday she would step down from her position on Jan. 21 and not participate in any deliberations for the remainder of her term.
Hathaway’s notification came just hours after the Judicial Tenure Commission accused her of “blatant and brazen violations” of the judicial code of ethics concerning a real estate scandal that has been brewing for months.
The complaint by the JTC claims that Hathaway engaged in fraud and money laundering when a short sale of property took place and then was “gifted” back to her by her stepchildren.
The JTC’s 19-page objection states that Hathaway and her husband, attorney Michael Kingsley, signed over two Grosse Point Park property homes in 2008 to their adult children that Hathaway and Kingsley still owed millions of dollars on. The complaint details that Hathaway and Kingsley did not complete financial worksheets ING Bank needed to for the sale to be legal.
The U.S. District Attorney also filed paperwork in federal court calling for Hathaway to handover her Florida residence that is also under investigation for disputed land trades.
With Hathaway’s resignation looming, the speculation has begun over who will replace the Democrat’s seat in the Michigan Supreme Court. Governor Snyder’s current short list appears to include conservative Judges Brian Zahra and Colleen O’Brien. The Governor seems to be keeping his options open, however, considering other potential appointees including Court of Appeals Judges Kurtis Wilder and Mark Boonstra.
The full list of prospective appointees to Michigan’s Supreme Court can he heard above, explained by Kyle Melinn from MIRS News on Michigan’s Big Show.
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