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Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Hathaway sentenced to 12 months and one day

Mark Brush
Michigan Radio

Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison by U.S. District Judge John Corbett O'Meara today in federal court. She was also ordered to pay $90,000 in restitution to ING bank. 

She will also serve two years supervised release after she gets out of prison.

Her attorney Steven Fishman says Hathaway will pay the fine today.

Hathaway was forced to resign in January – halfway through her eight-year term on the state Supreme Court.  The former judge and prosecutor was elected in 2008 as a Democrat.

Following her resignation, she pleaded guilty to a scheme to cheat the bank by hiding more than a million dollars in assets, including a Florida vacation home. That helped her qualify as a distressed homeowner, so she could sell a lakefront home in Grosse Pointe Park for less than it was worth with the bank writing off the loss.

A weeping Hathaway told the judge, "Your honor, I stand before you a broken person. I’m ashamed, humiliated and disgraced, and I have no one to blame but myself.”

Vincent Duffy has been news director at Michigan Public since May 2007.
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