DETROIT (AP) — A judge had an affair with a woman who had a child-support case pending in his court, often escorting her through a back door at the Detroit courthouse for trysts in his office, a state agency said Tuesday in a 20-page misconduct complaint.
It is the second time that Wayne County Judge Wade McCree has been investigated by the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission. The state Supreme Court reprimanded him last year after he sent a shirtless photo of himself to a female court employee, an incident that earned him the nickname “buff barrister” in media reports.
Geniene La’Shay Mott disclosed an affair with McCree in a TV interview in December and said she was pregnant with his child. He was immediately placed on leave and then suspended without pay in February.
McCree, 56, is in hot water for more than the relationship. The Judicial Tenure Commission said he lied during the agency’s ethics investigation and falsely reported to prosecutors that Mott was stalking him. The judge is also accused of disparaging criminal defendants, telling Mott that his court was full of overweight people with tattoos and gap teeth.
McCree committed “irresponsible or improper conduct, which erodes public confidence in the judiciary,” the commission said.
McCree likely will face a hearing in the weeks ahead and could ultimately be removed from office by the Supreme Court. His attorney, Brian Einhorn, said the judge shouldn’t lose his job.
“We’ve acknowledged it was improper conduct, and he should be sanctioned for it,” Einhorn said of the Mott matter. “It’s the appearance of impropriety that is improper. It’s his failure to recuse himself, which he should have done. Why he didn’t do it, he doesn’t understand either.”
The complaint states that McCree met Mott last year when she appeared in his court in a child-support case involving Robert King, the father of her child. The commission said he gave her his business card and asked that she contact him.
That began a six-month relationship, including sex in McCree’s office and other locations, the complaint says.
Mott and McCree repeatedly talked about how to punish King for owing child support, according to the commission. McCree placed King on electronic tether in August before the case was transferred to another judge a month later Einhorn said McCree didn’t obstruct justice.
“He didn’t send (King) to jail. His decision in this case was totally consistent with his decisions in like cases,” Einhorn said.
McCree’s late father, Wade McCree Jr., argued cases at the U.S. Supreme Court as solicitor general under President Jimmy Carter.
Also On Black America Web:
This Week’s Celebrity Instagrams (11/26-12/2)
30 photos Launch gallery
1. Little Legend and Puddy 😍😍😍😍
1 of 30
2. "You on point Phife?" "all the time,Tip". 💥 #bannedfromnormal
2 of 30
3. Vegan! The Impossible burger at Crossroads
3 of 30
4. Lawrence #BeforeandAfterEpisodes 1-4: 184lbs 13% body fatEpisode 8: 196lbs 8% body fat S/O @coachdaveboxing with the works outs and @kildareriordan with the nutrition
4 of 30
5. Jus haaaanngin out
5 of 30
6. Meanwhile back at home in Atlanta GA someone mad they not on the 🛳. 😳
6 of 30
7. No limits... Photo cred: Chris Bridges @ludacris
7 of 30
8. new new
8 of 30
9. Apparently my 260lbs is too much for the actual vines in the Hawaiian jungles to hold me without breaking and me falling hundreds of feet. So for safety purposes, I'm forced to swing thru #Jumanjj on wires strong enough to hold 12 adult buffaloes and 1 adult Rock. #OnSet #Jumanji #IronicallyIEatBuffaloDailyForLunch #MoreManThanNatureKnowsWhatToDoWith
9 of 30
10. hey ma! 🎎#wcw 💙
10 of 30
11. Surprise visit to our factories!!! #GoodAmerican #USA
11 of 30
12 of 30
13. Peachy Keen 🔥✨⚡️
13 of 30
14. If this don't look thankful I don't know what does. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. #UltraBlessed #24kMagic #SweetPotatoFly
14 of 30
15. Late nights @nbcmarlon with the writers... we in here!!!
15 of 30
16. There goes my baaaaaaaaabbbbyyyyy #QueenKingMagic!!! We're up to something! Ira BIG!!! Stay out our buisness -
16 of 30
17. You want to win every game you play but when you come home to these faces... who cares. #ILoveYouGirls best part of my day, everyday!
17 of 30
18. Steady,steady..... full size jenga.. "I got this one "???? Or do I ?
18 of 30
19. Cornrows kind of day 😉@dontaysavoy2 you convinced me and I love. ❤️️
19 of 30
20. #BrotherlyLove #tbt
20 of 30
21 of 30
22. #basel #TeamLOVE @kingcombs
22 of 30
23. Just introduced a special screening of @directher 's groundbreaking (must see) documentary @13thfilm with my brother @themichaelealy | @unitedblackout #blackoutblackfriday
23 of 30
24. Me & Vanessa Williams giving #DuckLips #Pose on the set of #DaytimeDivas @vh1 - Coming Soon to a tv near you. Lol. - My make up done by @makeupsurgeon
24 of 30
25. This picture just makes me wanna praise the Lord, you hear me!!!!!! Yes Lord brotha #TEDDYCAMPBELL What a #man !!! You are everything right on this picture husband ......... #gorgeous #stylish #classy #strong #masculine #king #sexy #debonair #gentlemenstyle And that #bible in your hand just seals the deal for me (probably cause i know that, that is what helped you become just as amazing as you look😘). While my heart and mind experiences the goodness of God at #church on Sundays, my eyes experiences the goodness of Teddy😍. Amen somebody🙌🏽. "Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me bless his holy name" #myman #myhusband #goodman #blackman #dapperman #godlyman #goodfather #mybestfriend
25 of 30
26. Yesterday was my mama's 53rd birthday!!!!! Got to celebrate with her all day. If this is what I have to look forward to I can't wait. Looking like a soft bucket a cocoa butter. Yaaaaaaaaaas! 😍😍😍 love you mommy!
26 of 30
27. "Shout out to @PureAtlanta for getting the family right"....I'm loving this jogger. 😍😍
27 of 30
28. This pic warms my heart ❤️ #myLogiebeans and aunt aunt umba @itowandabraxton 😘
28 of 30
29. You will always be my baby😜. #HappyBirthdayReginae #mybaby18
29 of 30
30. GC "Gods Child" Red on Red SweatSuit available now at www.MonicaApparel.com ... Take Your Crown wherever you go!! I'm pictured in a Medium... Go to the site now for other options ... cc: @trukernell
30 of 30