Let Me Go Home, Ex-Justice Diane Hathaway Pleads To Judge From Prison

January 18, 2014, 8:20 AM

Diane Hathaway, who used to read legal filings as a state Supreme Court justice, now has plenty of time to write one on her own behalf.

That's what she did in a plea to finish serving a one-year bank fraud sentence at home, Paul Egan reports in the Free Press.

Diane Hathaway, shown when she was a Michigan Supreme Court justice, dresses differently now. 

Her status as a former justice is keeping her confined longer than what’s normal, the prominent inmate argues.

Hathaway, in a self-drafted motion filed Friday, asks U.S. District Judge John Corbett O’Meara to let her out early or allow her to serve the rest of her sentence at home.

O’Meara sentenced Hathaway on May 28 to 12 months and one day in prison, plus two years’ probation, after she pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud in connection with the short sale of her Grosse Pointe Park home. She reported to prison in August.

She is serving her time in Alderson, W.Va., at a federal facility sometimes referred to as Camp Cupcake because of its relatively comfortable conditions.

The disgraced former justice, 59, is scheduled for release June 26. She wants to get out Feb. 13.

Hathaway feels she's treated unjustly because federal prison administrators fear she'd be at risk of attack in a lower-security halfway house.

In her motion, Hathaway says she would normally be eligible for a move to a halfway house at this point in her sentence, but the Bureau of Prisons won’t consider such a move because of security and safety concerns because she is a former sentencing judge.

Instead, she is only eligible to serve the last 10% of her sentence at home, Hathaway said.

Read more:  Detroit Free Press

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