Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

June 25, 2013

Judge: There's 'shame' in Mich. judge's game

DETROIT (AP) — A married judge who once bragged there was “no shame” in his “game” about a shirtless photo he sent to a married court deputy lied about his handling of a child support case, according to a report submitted to the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission.

The commission will use the report to recommend to the state Supreme Court possible sanctions for suspended Wayne County Circuit Judge Wade McCree.

Retired Jackson County Judge Charles Nelson submitted his Master’s Report Sunday to the commission. Nelson presided last month over a hearing in which the commission accused McCree of misconduct and making a false felony report.

McCree met Geniene LaShay Mott when a child support case involving Robert King, her daughter’s father, came before his court in March 2012. McCree and Mott eventually started an affair that included the two of them having sex in the judge’s chambers.

The judge failed to immediately recuse himself from the case and ordered King to wear an electronic tether until the child support was paid.

The Supreme Court suspended McCree without pay in February.

McCree testified at last month’s hearing that failing to move the child support case from his courtroom was an oversight. McCree’s doctor also testified that he diagnosed the judge last year with a mental condition called “hypomania,” which causes him to make abnormal, overly confident public statements.

Nelson wrote that McCree’s testimony was not credible and that McCree lied to the tenure commission which investigated his actions.

“He had a hot young lady who was in his words ‘eye candy’ and a way to keep her interested was to keep her case and be of assistance in the collection of money,” Nelson wrote. “ ... it should have DAWNED on him that he should not even by hearing the matter.”

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