Judge Suspended without Pay for Allegedly Sleeping with Plaintiff in a Case He Was Presiding

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Judge Wade McCree is having a difficult time balancing his professional respectability with his personal life.  The judge has been suspended without pay recently for sending a shirtless picture of himself to a county sheriff’s office employee.  He is also facing allegations that he had an affair with a plaintiff in a child custody case.

The Michigan Supreme Court has stepped in on the matter, ordering that McCree step down for the time being.

“The respondent Wayne Circuit Judge Wade H. McCree is suspended without pay, effective immediately, until further order of this Court. The respondent’s salary will be held in escrow pending the final resolution of these disciplinary proceedings,” according to the order.

The case is also sealed, so information about it will not be released to the public.  Curt Benson, a professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus, told the Detroit Free Press that this kind of order is quite rare:

“I can tell you that this is, I believe, only the fourth time in history that the Supreme Court has suspended a judge without pay pending a JTC (Judicial Tenure Commission) investigation. Normally, judges are suspended with pay,” Benson said in a news release. “In the other three cases, two judges had already been convicted of felonies and their removals were mere formalities. In the third case, the judge had admitted dereliction of duty before the investigation had even begun. So the evidence against McCree must be quite compelling.”

In the case where McCree is alleged to have had an affair, the judge claimed that the woman was stalking and attempting to extort him.

Geniene La’Shay Mott even told a local news station that she was pregnant with the judge’s child.  She also showed text messages that he’d sent to her.