(WXYZ) - Legal experts are saying that Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway may have avoided suspension by the Judicial Tenure Commission by announcing her retirement , but that doesn't mean she won't face criminal charges.
Channel 7 legal analyst Tom Cranmer says that is the big question and he believes it's a possibility.
This all surrounds allegations Hathaway shuffled properties in Michigan and Florida to enable a short sale on one. It was a story first reported by the 7 Action News Investigators.
Both the JYC and the US Attorney's Office have alleged fraud against Hathaway-- the US Attorney's claim is civil for now.
There is also a question of whether or not she should get her pension. The Michigan Republican Party says she should forfeit it so taxpayers won't bear the burden. Hathaway is a Democrat.
But, labor lawyer Deborah Gordon says whatever acts occurred or did not occur were in her role as a private citizen--and that it has nothing to do with her role as a public official.
"I think based on the Michigan law, she would not have to give up her pension," said Gordon.