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    Tag: Hathaway

    O SCOMI, SCOMI! Wherefore Art Thou SCOMI?

    By Corinthian Scales, Section News
    Posted on Sat Apr 30, 2011 at 09:28:05 AM EST
    Tags: Justices Young, Cavanagh, Kelly, Markman, Hathaway, Zahra, On Tour, sharia, City of Dearborn, Our Money In Action (all tags)

    Well, I do know this about SCOMI... on May 10th our SCOMI will be in what is perhaps the most despicable city in the nation.

    The 19th District Court will be closed to the public for one day on Tuesday, May 10, due to responsibilities in support of a visit of the Michigan Supreme Court to Dearborn...

    The local court will be closed as Dearborn welcomes the justices of Michigan's Supreme Court for a special educational program in which high school students observe as the justices hear oral argument on a pending case.

    Amazing, isn't it?  Our tax dollars are going towards supporting this debacle.

    If any of the seven SCOMI Justices decide to follow through with this planned visit of Dearborn, they will not be receiving my vote in the future.

    (10 comments, 151 words in story) Full Story

    Hypocrite, Thy Name is Hathaway

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Tue Jul 28, 2009 at 07:41:51 AM EST
    Tags: Hathaway, SCOMI, Supreme Court, hypocrisy, ethics, integrity (all tags)

    And Democrats wonder why fewer and fewer people trust them these days.  

    Last fall as Lefty Diane Hathaway traveled the state campaigning against then-incumbent Cliff Taylor for a seat on the Michigan Supreme Court she frequently employed one particularly pithy line of attack.  

    Taylor, she argued again and again, was a "walking conflict of interest" because the man's wife used to serve as Governor John Engler's chief legal counsel and he had the gall to rule on laws enacted during the Engler administration.

    That was her argument.

    Got the "logic?"  

    His spouse was a lawyer for the Engler administration thus, according to Hathaway, Taylor should have recused himself and declined to cast a vote on any issue tangentially connected to former Engler policy.

    Diane Hathway's husband is an auto insurance lawyer.  By her own logic... her own passionately delivered campaign season arguments, Hathaway has a clear conflict of interest in any case dealing with the insurance industry... perhaps more of a conflict of interest, even, than her one-time opponent since her husband, unlike Taylor's wife, stands to potentially make a lot of money depending on her handling of certain cases affecting the insurance industry.

    The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association made that argument themselves earlier this year when they argued Hathaway should recuse herself from a case dealing with one particularly massive claim.  So this judge... this paragon of virtue... she practiced what she'd preached, right?

    Yeah, not so much.  According to the Detroit News:

    Hathaway denied having any conflict of interest, saying the association's stance "strains reasoned logic."

    The association's stance is HER stance.  A direct duplicate.  They could have sent her one of her own press releases.  

    And the three Republicans on the Court noticed.  Justices Maura Corrigan, Robert Young and Stephen Markman are reminding their newest colleague that hypocrisy is an unpleasant thing.  The News continues:

    "Justice Hathaway's refusal to live up to her own expressed standard of conduct is worthy of note in its own right: The people of this state deserve to know whether candidates promise one thing when running for office but deliver another when elected," wrote Young, who is up for re-election in 2010.

    Hathaway wrote she would not respond to her colleagues' "inappropriate and unnecessary" comments. "This court should discontinue devoting the state's limited resources to unproductive colloquy," she said.

    Interesting to note that the state may well have significantly fewer of those limited resources if she continues casting votes that could fatten her husband's pockets at the expense of the rest of our wallets but that's neither here nor there.  

    Still, there's a part of me that wants to give Hathaway some credit... sure, the woman is dishonest to the bone, and sure, it turns out voters can trust her about as far as they can log toss Mark Brewer, but she may have set a new land speed record for major campaign policy u-turns.  So she's got that going for her.

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