LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Snyder says he's seeking a wide sample of opinion about whom to appoint to the Michigan Supreme Court.
Snyder tells the Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/10yMS7d) 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, a Republican, likes the idea but says it won't work this time because of Hathaway's abrupt departure.
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