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Criminally Investigated Michigan Supreme Court Justice Will Receive $100K Pension
Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/14/2013 | Jack Spencer

Posted on 01/15/2013 1:12:21 PM PST by MichCapCon

In the face of alleged ethics violations ranging from tax fraud to money laundering, Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway announced this week that she is resigning.

That does not mean, however, that she will no longer be receiving taxpayer dollars. In fact, it appears that Hathaway can probably look forward to a pension that may be just shy of $100,000 a year.

The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission has accused Hathaway of fraud, money laundering and "misrepresentations to the commission" for her involvement with a short sale of property.

Hathaway might best be remembered in connection with ads that were run against her opponent Cliff Taylor in 2008. The ads labeled Taylor, who was Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, as the "sleeping judge," based on a false claim that he had dozed off while a case was being argued.

Coupled with a well-orchestrated campaign exhorting Barack Obama supporters to vote for Obama and Hathaway, the sleeping judge ads succeeded. In an upset, Taylor, who is now chairman of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy's board of directors, lost and Hathaway joined the state's highest court.

With Hathaway stepping down, she is eligible for a state pension. According to the Office of Retirement Services, she turned in the required paperwork on Dec. 20.

"We don't have the details yet on her pension," Department of Technology, Management and Budget Spokesman Kurt Weiss said. "It's still being processed."

Nevertheless, the basic formula for computing a Supreme Court Justice’s pension is straight-forward. To determine how much of a pension Hathaway can expect, the state will use a simple formula: multiply the number of years she served by her salary and a multiplier; which in this case is 3 percent.

Hathaway has 20 years of service in the court system, dating back to 1993 when she began serving as Wayne County Circuit Court Judge, after being elected to the post in 1992. The salary figure used is the employee’s final salary, which in Hathaway’s case was the $164,610 annual figure she made as a Supreme Court Justice.

As with all employees, several specific aspects of Hathaway’s employment history could potentially alter her pension. However, based on the general formula used for judges, it appears that her pension will likely be in the neighborhood of $98,766 per year.

TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: law; pensions

1 posted on 01/15/2013 1:12:30 PM PST by MichCapCon
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To: Springman; Sioux-san; 70th Division; JPG; PGalt; DuncanWaring; taildragger; epluribus_2; Chuck54; ..
If it costs $100 grand per year to make the state supreme court a bit more conservative, its almost worthwhile.

If anyone wants to be added to the Michigan Cap Con ping list, let me know.
2 posted on 01/15/2013 1:19:19 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: MichCapCon
Investigated vs. found guilty of the charges.

Huge difference. She should get the pension, the investigation should continue and if she is then found guilty of any charges or violations, she pays the money back, goes to jail and forfeits any future pensions.

This is a news piece looking for a story.

3 posted on 01/15/2013 1:21:15 PM PST by Michael.SF. (Obama lied, Stevens died.)
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To: Michael.SF.

I should have added: if found guilty, she can always run for Congress as Democrat in Florida.

4 posted on 01/15/2013 1:22:36 PM PST by Michael.SF. (Obama lied, Stevens died.)
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To: MichCapCon

5 posted on 01/15/2013 2:29:09 PM PST by Jacquerie ("How few were left who had seen the republic!" - Tacitus, The Annals)
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