DETROIT (WXYZ) - He’s the controversial judge who took his shirt off and sent the near- naked photo into cyber space. Now, Judge Wade McCree has been suspended without pay, after allegations of serious misconduct in a case in his court.
The Michigan Supreme Court has suspended MrCree who's been accused of having a relationship with a woman whose child-support case was pending in his court.
After the court order issued Friday, Circuit Judge Wade McCree’s $140,000 is to be held in escrow until disciplinary proceedings are resolved. The court has sealed the file and will remain confidential until further order.
The allegations against him, insiders say, warranted the severe, immediate action by the Supreme Court, and set in motion a fast track investigation.
“Their quick action is an indication that there was some serious wrong doing here,” said Wayne State law professor Peter Henning. He has followed the trouble of Judge McCree from the bare-chested photo he sent of himself to a sheriff’s department employee, to the censure that followed. He quickly apologized for what he called very poor judgment in a public statement.
But what set the unpaid suspension in motion was the woman who claims McCree had a sexual affair with her while she was appearing before him as judge in her child support dispute. If the allegation is proven, his conduct is a major breach of ethics.
“ He’s put himself in a situation where its very difficult to defend what he did,” Henning said.
What happens next? The JTC will request an investigation based on known facts. Judge McCree will have an opportunity to answer that request-- and based on the judges answer, the JTC is expected to file a formal complaint that could lead to his removal from the bench.
We tried to get a comment from McCree this afternoon. He did not answer the door to his Indian Village home or phone call.
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