michigan supreme courtm judicial tenure commission http://michiganradio.org en Judicial watchdog drops complaint against Hathaway http://michiganradio.org/post/judicial-watchdog-drops-complaint-against-hathaway <p>DETROIT (AP) -The state agency that monitors judges for misconduct is dropping its complaint against Diane Hathaway now that she's no longer on the Michigan Supreme Court.<br><br>The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission said Tuesday there's nothing to gain. Hathaway pleaded guilty last week to federal bank fraud for shifting properties and failing to disclose assets while trying to dump her Detroit-area home in a short sale. She could go to prison and lose her law license.</p><p>The commission filed an ethics complaint against Hathaway and sought her suspension on Jan. 7 while she was still on the Supreme Court. That led to news that Hathaway had quietly filed retirement papers in December and was planning to quit on Jan. 21.</p><p>She was charged with fraud three days before leaving the court. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 18:45:26 +0000 The Associated Press 11100 at http://michiganradio.org Judicial watchdog drops complaint against Hathaway Jackson judge removed for misconduct http://michiganradio.org/post/jackson-judge-removed-misconduct <p>The Michigan Supreme Court has removed a Jackson judge from the bench for&nbsp;misconduct,&nbsp;which included dismissing his own traffic tickets.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.d12.com/county_courts/d12/judges/honorable_james_m_justin.asp">District Judge James Justin</a> has been on suspension with pay since July of 2010. The judge had been under investigation for &lsquo;fixing&rsquo; numerous traffic tickets issued to himself, his wife and members of his staff.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Judge Justin was also accused of dismissing cases without conducting court hearings.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2011/06/judicial_tenure_commission_rec.html">The Judicial Tenure Commission</a> recommended last fall to remove Justin.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>In its order removing Justin from the bench, the Michigan&nbsp;Supreme Court found the judge routinely &ldquo;failed to follow the law, apparently believing that it simply did not apply to him.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The judge&rsquo;s attorney admits his client did wrong, but added that he deserved only an unpaid suspension.&nbsp;&nbsp;Justin has been on the bench since 1976. Fri, 27 Jan 2012 19:46:23 +0000 Steve Carmody 5982 at http://michiganradio.org Jackson judge removed for misconduct