Snyder looks for new Justice

Jan 22, 2013

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Republican Governor Rick Snyder says he's seeking a wide sample of opinion about whom to appoint to the Michigan Supreme Court. 

Snyder says that he's been getting names and will also talk to current members of the court. The governor must name a successor to Justice Diane Hathaway, a Democrat who quit in scandal over real estate deals.

Hathaway's resignation kicked in Monday, although she stopped participating in court work a few weeks ago. Federal prosecutors last week charged her with bank fraud.

A task force last year recommended that Michigan governors let a special panel come up with qualified candidates when there's a vacancy. Snyder likes the idea but says it won't work this time because of Hathaway's abrupt departure.