Judge stops forfeiture procedures to seize home of MI Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway

(WXYZ) - A federal judge has temporarily stopped forfeiture procedures to seize the home of Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway. 

The move could signal that change is afoot behind the scenes, ranging from a upcoming criminal charges to some sort of settlement of the present civil case, said Wayne State University law professor Peter Henning.

The moves comes as part of an ongoing civil complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney against Hathaway and her husband, alleging fraud and money laundering against the duo.  The feds launched their investigation in response to a 7 Action News report.

The allegations center on a hardship letter they gave their mortgage lender in 2010 to qualify for a short sale on their $1.5 million home in Grosse Pointe Park.

The short sale saved the couple $600,000 in mortgage debt.

Today's news means that the both sides agreed to stop the home seizure for 90 days. We'll have to wait for the feds or Hathaway's next move.

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