Update: Hearing For 'No Shame' Judge McCree Begins; Witness Talks Of Courtroom Sex
May 20th, 2013, 6:58 AM
Wade McCree fights to keep his job today at a Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission hearing, Elisha Anderson reports in the Free Press.
A Wayne County Circuit judge accused of having an affair with a complaining witness in a child support case before him, then discussing the case with her, is expected to testify during a hearing over the allegations that begins this morning in Ann Arbor.
Judge Wade McCree, who has been suspended without pay, is accused of sexting from the bench with Geniene La’Shay Mott and having sex with her in his judicial chambers last year, according to a 20-page complaint filed by the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission. . . .McCree also is accused of sending text messages that contained inappropriate or derogatory comments about people who appeared before him in court.
The judge, who boasted to Fox 2 Detroit's Charlie LeDuff "there's no shame in my game," when LeDuff broke the story, could be censured, suspended or unseated if found guilty of improper conduct, false report of a felony, improper bench conduct and demeanor, and misrepresentations.
His hearing is likely to last several days, Anderson writes.
During Monday's hearing, Margaret Rynier, associate examiner with the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission, said: “Respondent may not think that there’s any shame in his game.”
She continued: “He shamed bench. He shamed the legal profession. He violated the code of the judicial conduct and violated the law.”
McCree, suspended without pay from his job, was accused of having an affair with Geniene La’Shay Mott, who was a complaining witness in a child support case before him.
She testified in an Ann Arbor courtroom today about their relationship, which started in 2012 after she appeared in his courtroom for a case against the father of her child, Robert King.
Mott said she discussed King’s case with McCree, had sex with him “several times” in judge’s chambers, moved into the house of McCree’s mother, who is deceased, went with him to University of Michigan football games and to church and said he gave her $5,000 for a down payment for her Detroit home.