Attorney: Don't lock up Hathaway for fraud

Attorney: Don't lock up Hathaway for fraud

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DETROIT, Mich. (AP) -

An attorney for a former Michigan Supreme Court justice says community service would be an appropriate sentence for a scandal that forced her out of office.
Diane Hathaway is returning to federal court next Tuesday for her sentence for bank fraud.  She concealed assets while urging a bank to allow a short sale on a lakefront home in Grosse Pointe Park, near Detroit.
Hathaway quit the Supreme Court in January, a week before pleading guilty. In a court filing, her attorney, Steve Fishman, says it's a serious crime but not one that threatened the banking system. He says Hathaway has been publicly humiliated and given up her law and real estate licenses.
Prosecutors haven't filed a sentencing memo yet but have said some prison time seems appropriate.

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