Wade Harper McCree
|Wade Harper McCree|
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|Current Court Information:|
|3rd Circuit Court, Michigan|
|Appointed by:||Jennifer Granholm|
|Active:||2004 - 1/1/2015|
|Past post:||Michigan 36th District Court Judge|
|Past term:||1996 - 2004|
|Bachelors:||University of Michigan|
|Law School:||Stanford Law School|
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.
Supreme Court censure
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, though in an earlier television interview he seemed proud of the photo. The high court accepted the recommendation of the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission and McCree accepted the censure. 
Complaint by the Judicial Tenure Commission
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 shit."||”|
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 affiar confidential was so that his wife and family wouldn't find out. The commission recovered text messages that contradicted both claims.
As of May 2013, McCree is on unpaid suspension, and he is facing removal from his judicial post.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 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
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 MSN, "Michigan judge suspended for sexting with a witness", March 30, 2013
- ↑ New York Times: Obituaries, "Wade H. McCree Jr. Dies at 67; Was Judge and Solicitor General", September 1, 1987
- ↑ KNOE.com, "Detroit judge reprimanded for shirtless cell photo," October 24, 2012
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission, "Formal Complaint No. 93", March 12, 2013