Ever since WXYZ-TV reported on the questionable circumstances surrounding the short sale of property owned by Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway, the legal community has been buzzing about whether the Judicial Tenure Commission would be investigating.
The JTC, per its standards and practices, has been mum on the subject.
Former John Engler aide and GOP strategist Dan Pero told the Detroit Free Press that he’s asked the JTC to look into whether Hathaway committed fraud in the transaction.
Pero said the basis of his request for investigation was a May 9 report by WXYZ-TV suggesting Hathaway and her husband, attorney Michael Kingsley, transferred residential properties they owned in Michigan and Florida to Kingsley’s adult children to qualify as distressed homeowners and win bank approval for a short sale of another home they owned on Lake St. Clair.
Hathaway’s attorney, Steve Fishman, called Pero’s request a “partisan hit job.”
According to the article, Pero’s wife ran the 2008 campaign of then Chief Justice Clifford Taylor, whom Hathaway ousted to take her seat on the court. Pero insists the history is irrelevant to his request.