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The strange testimony of Judge Wade McCree

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Judge Wade McCree testifies before the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission. Judge Wade McCree testifies before the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission.
The photo that got Judge Wade McCree Jr. censured in 2012. (Credit: WJBK | The photo that got Judge Wade McCree Jr. censured in 2012. (Credit: WJBK |

Play the video to hear McCree describe his affair with Geniene La'Shay Mott.

Wayne County, MI -WJBK  Last year Fox 2's Charlie LeDuff showed Wayne County Judge a picture that the judge sent to his bailiff with his cell phone.

In the photo McCree is nearly nude. "Hot Dog," said McCree, "there's no shame in my game."

The photo and his reaction to it in Charlie LeDuff's report went viral across the country. Click here for the original report.

McCree's performance was so bizarre that the Michigan Supreme Court took the highly unusual step of censuring him for bringing shame to the profession and acting like a total "McCreep".

In the middle of the judge's Supreme Court investigation, his honor met up with Geniene La'Shay Mott, a woman who had dragged her ex-boyfriend into court on felony charges that he was ducking out on his child support.

"I met him as a litigant, a complaining witness in his courtroom, and he stayed around after the case was over and that's when the second half of the flirting started and we went from there and our relationship picked up," she said.

"It went from being a summer fling and just something to do to falling in love, promises of marriage, me getting pregnant, us buying a house together, name it."

Fast forward this Tuesday, where the judge said that he "lusted" after a much younger woman and carried on an affair with her while he was presiding over a case against the father of her child.


During a misconduct hearing that will help determine whether he keeps his job, Wade McCree testified that he regretted the "poor judgment" he exercised by getting involved with Geniene La'Shay Mott, 30. But he explained that he had found her too hard to resist.
Mott "surprised me and thrilled me. ... I lusted after that woman. I'm in my middle 50s and she's a double dozen years my junior," McCree, 56, said.

The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission said McCree's actions were irresponsible and eroded the public's confidence, especially because he continued to handle Mott's child support case.
"I should have transferred it immediately, and I didn't," he acknowledged.
It was an unflattering day for McCree, a member of a prominent Detroit family. His late father, Wade McCree Jr., was a federal judge who also argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court as solicitor general under President Jimmy Carter.
But McCree didn't flinch as he answered questions. He spoke loudly, gestured and, without prompting, even paused to spell the last names of people mentioned during his testimony. The affair lasted from June to October last year.
"I was lonely," McCree said. "Certain things weren't as wonderful as I would have liked in my 25 years of marriage.  ... I was vulnerable but my nose was open. I knew what I was doing."
He said he realized it was a bad relationship last fall. The judge said Mott's behavior ranged from the "apex of euphoria" to the "abyss of near-homicidal anger." McCree made a comparison to the 1987 movie "Fatal Attraction."

Mott testified Monday, saying she often had sex with McCree in his courthouse office. She said she's pregnant but declined to say whether the judge is the father.

More testimony from McCree is expected on Tuesday, May 28 and Fox 2 will be in the court room to catch what he says.

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