“Blatant and Brazen Violations” “Unprecedented in Michigan Judicial Disciplinary History”

That’s how the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission describes the actions of Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway; the Commission’s allegations, contained in a petition to the Michigan Supreme Court to suspend the Justice, apparently led the Justice to retire. Here’s a quick general summary of the allegations, from the Detroit Free Press:

Among the charges in the complaint is that Hathaway submitted false answers to the Judicial Tenure Commission during its recent investigation of private real estate transactions by Hathaway which are the subject of an FBI investigation.

The complaint gives the most detailed account to date of alleged efforts by Hathaway and her husband, attorney Michael Kingsley, to misrepresent their net worth so they could qualify for a short sale on their home in Grosse Pointe Park.

For more, see the Tenure Commission’s Petition and Complaint. Thanks to How Appealing for the pointer. (For another controversy involving a state supreme court judge, see the forthcoming trial of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Orie Melvin for illegally using her state employees in her campaign for her office.)