DETROIT (WXYZ) - What would be gained by putting former state supreme court justice Diane Hathaway behind bars? That's what her attorney wrote to U.S. District Court Judge John Corbett O'Meara, who will sentence Hathaway next week for bank fraud.
The 7 Action News Investigators were first to expose Hathaway's fraud that involved moving her Florida home out of her name so she could get a short sale on her Grosse Pointe Park home. The scheme saved her $600,000 in mortgage debt.
After our stories aired, the FBI investigated. Hathaway was later charged with bank fraud to which she pleaded guilty.
Hathaway faces up to 18 months in prison and up to $120,000 in fines.
In a new court filing, her attorney argues that Hathaway should serve no time behind bars because she has lead a very quote "kind, generous, caring person…" which is supported by letters to the court from family and friends.
Hathaway's attorney says she should instead be put on a tether, do community service at a homeless shelter in Florida where she wants to live and pay no more than $30,000 in fines.
Hathaway's sentencing is scheduled for may 28.