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Judge Admits to Sex in Chambers, Racy Text Messages

The latest in the salacious saga of Michigan Judge Wade McCree has been making the law blog rounds this week (via Jonathan Turley, Above the Law), with the release of McCree's answer to the state Judicial Tenure Commission's complaint against him over a series of alleged ethics violations related to his sexual relationship with a complaining witness in a child support case. McCree, who allegedly impregnated the woman, Geniene La'Shay Mott, admitted in his answer to the complaint that he "made the unfortunate decision to engage in a sexual relationship with Ms. Mott and also admits that on a few occasions, the relationship took place in his chambers."

McCree allegedly sent text messages to Mott from the bench, including a much-reported text cited in the complaint, which read: "C'mon, U'r talking about the 'docket from hell, 'filled w/tatted up, overweight, half-ass English speaking, gap tooth skank hoes ... and then you walk in." McCree states in his answer that the message "was sent in an effort to flatter Ms. Mott and was not intended to demean any person who had appeared in [McCree's] courtroom." Jonathan Turley writes: "I cannot imagine anyone feeling demeaned by a judge calling them "tatted up, overweight, half-ass English speaking, gap tooth skank hoes." In McCree's world, that appears to be terms of endearment." The complaint and answer include a number of other text messages and emails of note, none of them particularly printable.

In case you missed it, McCree received a public censure in 2012 over a shirtless cellphone photo that he sent to a female court employee. Specifically, he was reprimanded by the Judicial Tenure Commission for his "flippant manner" in responding to media questions about the photo, which the commission said "brought shame and obloquy to the judiciary. For example, when discussing the digital image of him he said, 'There is no shame in my game.'"

McCree had some more to say about the photo incident in his answer to the latest pending complaint, contending that "the image was no more 'nude' than the photos of Olympic swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte which appeared in the media worldwide on an almost daily basis during the summer of 2012." He also stated that the female deputy "attested to the fact that she ... retained the image as inspiration to motivate her to improve her workouts and eating habits."

The continuing revelations about McCree's antics have earned him Above the Law's "Judge of the Day" title numerous times thus far, with ATL suggesting that "he's crossing into Judge of the Decade status." Stay tuned for the next chapter.

For more stories on judges in trouble, see "The Hot Seat," our roundup of ALM coverage.

Posted by Laurel Newby on April 4, 2013 at 04:44 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

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