Ex-Michigan Supreme Court justice stays in prison

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

ANN ARBOR, Mich.--- A Detroit federal judge has rejected ex-Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway's request to get out of prison ahead of schedule.

Hathaway was sentenced last year to serve a year and a day in prison for bank fraud. She pleaded guilty and admitted shifting properties and failing to disclose assets while trying to dump her Detroit-area home in a short sale.

On Jan. 13, Hathaway asked Judge John Corbett O'Meara to shorten her sentence or let her enter home detention. The 60-year-old is at a federal prison in Alderson, W.Va., and is scheduled for release June 26.

O'Meara rejected the request Tuesday, saying he lacks authority to modify Hathaway's sentence.

The judge says evidence that Hathaway submitted about her rehabilitation in prison doesn't empower him to intervene.

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