Ex-Justice Diane Hathaway denied early prison release

ANN ARBOR (WXYZ) - Former State Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway's request for an early release from prison has been denied, according to a court filing.

Earlier this year, Hathaway asked to be let out early from prison after serving just five months of her one-year sentence.  She pled guilty to bank fraud after liquidating accounts and hiding homes from her lender, all so she’d get her $600,000 mortgage forgiven.  The scheme was exposed by a 7 Action News Investigation.

In her argument for early release, Hathaway cited her accomplishments behind bars, like taking classes in basic parenting, nutrition, yoga and “Sweating to the Oldies.” Hathaway argued it was evidence that she was reformed.

She asked Judge John O’Meara to let her finish off her sentence in either a halfway house or in home confinement, but O’Meara refused.  In his ruling, he said Hathaway “has not…shown that she was intentionally discriminated against” in her sentencing, and that while he took notice of her prison accomplishments, they didn’t warrant early release.

Hathaway is due out of prison in June.

Contact 7 Investigator Ross Jones at rjones@wxyz.com or at (248) 827-9466.