Wade Harper McCree
|Wade Harper McCree|
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|Current Court Information:|
|3rd Circuit Court, Michigan|
|Appointed by:||Jennifer Granholm|
|Preceded by:||Pamela Harwood|
|Past post:||Michigan 36th District Court Judge|
|Undergraduate:||University of Michigan, 1978|
|Law School:||Stanford Law School, 1984|
After graduating from law school, McCree began his career working for the Detroit Law Department. He then joined the law firm of Lewis, White & Munday, P.C. in 1987. He was appointed to the 36th District Court of Michigan in 1996. He served there until he was appointed to the Circuit Court in 2004.
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Complaint filed by the Judicial Tenure Commission (2013)
The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission filed a formal complaint against Judge McCree on March 12, 2013. The complaint centered around the judge's sexual relationship with Geniene LaShay Mott, who came before his court in a case against Robert King, who owed her child support. According to the complaint, the sexual acts "took place at various locations, including Respondent’s judicial chambers." Mott and Judge McCree also reportedly discussed details of Mott's case together on multiple occasions. McCree did not disqualify himself from or transfer Mott's case to another judge until September 18, 2012.
McCree, in June of 2012, sent an email to Mott, which warned her,
|“||[Y]ou are the complaining witness on a case that is before me. Naturally if it got out that we were seeing each other before your B.D.’s case closed, everybody could be in deep s***.||”|
In November of 2012, Mott told McCree that she was pregnant with his child. McCree reported Mott to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office for stalking and extortion. During the investigation, he provided false information about his relationship with Mott to the prosecutor's office. This led to the second count against him by the Judicial Tenure Commission--"false report of a felony".
The third count against McCree was for improper conduct in the case of People v. Tillman. Damone Tillman, the defendant in the case, was Mott's cousin. McCree signed an Order for Reduction of Bond off-record, based on his ex parte communications with Mott.
Count four against McCree involved indecent text messages to Mott, which he sent while on the bench.
Count five against McCree was for "misrepresentations to the commission," due to his claims that he ended the relationship with Mott on October 31, 2012 and that the only reason he kept the affair confidential was so that his wife and family wouldn't find out. The commission recovered text messages that contradicted both claims.
McCree was placed on unpaid suspension, and he is facing removal from his judicial post.
Report issued following misconduct hearing
A hearing was held in May 2013 regarding the accusations. Retired Jackson County Judge Charles Nelson submitted his report, on June 23, 2013, to the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission. The report will serve as the basis for the commission's recommendations as to how the matter should be handled by the state Supreme Court.
Among his findings, Nelson determined McCree lied when he testified that his failure to recuse himself from the child custody case involving Mott was an oversight. Nelson also determined McCree lied during his testimony at the hearing. In the report, Nelson indicated
|“||. . .the events. . .show a pattern of lies and deception by McCree in his dealings with Mott.||”|
Brian Eihorn, McCree's attorney expressed disappointment over parts of the report.
|“||Judge Nelson felt Wade McCree not recusing himself was a bad act and a bad move- a statement we agreed with.||”|
Einhorn suspects the commission will recommend McCree be removed from the bench, but indicated he didn't think such action was warranted in this matter.
Decision and recommendation issued by Judicial Tenure CommissionFollowing a formal hearing before the commission, a recommendation was made to the Michigan Supreme Court that McCree be removed from the bench. The commission also recommended if McCree wins re-election, he should be conditionally suspended without pay for six years, beginning January 1, 2015. McCree was also ordered to pay court costs of $11,945.17.
In the decision, the commission noted:
|“||[McCree's] conduct affected not only the litigants in the King and Tillman cases, but harmed the integrity of the judicial system as a whole. . .||”|
The Supreme Court heard arguments in his case in December 2013, but has not yet issued a decision.
Supreme Court censure (2012)
In October 2012, Judge McCree was censured by the Michigan Supreme Court for sending a picture of himself, nude from the waist up, to a female court employee. In April, McCree admitted that he made a mistake. The high court accepted the recommendation of the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission and McCree accepted the censure.
- Michigan.gov, "Governor Granholm Appoints 36th District Judge Wade McCree to 3rd Circuit Court," June 25, 2004
- Michigan 2006 Election Results: 3rd Circuit Court Incumbents
- Michigan 2008 Election Results: 3rd Circuit Court Incumbents
- List of Michigan Circuit Courts
- Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission, "Press Releases, Commission issues Decision and Recommendation as to Hon. Wade H. McCree, 3rd Circuit Court," September 9, 2013
- New York Times: Obituaries, "Wade H. McCree Jr. Dies at 67; Was Judge and Solicitor General," September 1, 1987
- Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission, "Formal Complaint No. 93," March 12, 2013
- MSN, "Michigan judge suspended for sexting with a witness," March 30, 2013
- sfgate.com, "Judge: There's 'shame' in Michigan judge's game," June 24, 2013
- MLive, "Fate of Judge Wade McCree's career rests with Michigan Supreme Court," December 11, 2013
- KNOE.com, "Detroit judge reprimanded for shirtless cell photo," October 24, 2012