Michigan Supreme Court Justice Should Resign…Now!
November 21, 2012
We always hear a lot of pious talk from the “merit” selection gang about the need to avoid even the appearance of impropriety in our courtrooms. But when real cases of actual impropriety by liberal judges are uncovered, suddenly the self-righteous chorus goes silent.
Such has been the case with the unfolding scandal involving Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway.
The Detroit News reports that the U.S. government is seeking forfeiture of Hathaway’s “posh second home” in Florida. According to the complaint, Hathaway and her husband “systematically and fraudulently transferred property and hid assets” to get their bank to approve a short sale on their home in Michigan so they could avoid $600,000 in mortgage debt.
In order to qualify for a short sale, homeowners must demonstrate financial hardship and show they do not own other assets, such as a second home, that would enable them to cover their mortgage. Hathaway transferred her Florida home to her stepdaughter to qualify for the short sale, only to have the home transferred back once the scam was completed.
Hathaway has told her colleagues and the media she will not resign. Yet every day she remains on the bench, she undermines the integrity of Michigan’s highest court. It’s time for Justice Hathaway to resign – and for all those who claim to speak for judicial integrity to urge her to do so. Or will “merit” selection proponents continue to turn a blind eye toward the scandalous behavior of justices who line up with their ideological preferences?