DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway will make her first appearance in federal court next week on a charge of bank fraud.

The U.S. attorney’s office says Hathaway is scheduled to appear January 29th in Ann Arbor.

She was charged with fraud last week, three days before her planned resignation from the state’s highest court. Hathaway’s lawyer isn’t commenting.

The charge was filed Jan. 18 and titled as a criminal “information,” which means a guilty plea is expected in federal court.

Hathaway, a former Wayne County judge, was elected to the Supreme Court in 2008, defeating then-Chief Justice Cliff Taylor, a Republican, who was hurt by ads that accused him of sleeping on the bench during cases. The victory helped another Democrat on the court become chief justice for two years.

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