DETROIT (Talk Radio 1270) Wayne County Circuit Judge Wade McCree, accused of sending a nude photo of himself to a bevy of women including court subordinates, refused to comment on the case Tuesday.
McCree told Talk Radio 1270 morning show host Charlie Langton in an off-air conversation that he’s under a “gag order.”
“There’s no gag order,” said Charlie LeDuff, a local journalist and investigator who broke the story and visited the Langton show to discuss it. The incident went public when the husband of a court employee who received the photo alerted the media.
The judge earlier told Charlie Langton he sent the photos because he wanted to show off the payoff of his efforts after running a marathon at 56 years old. He said the picture was nothing more than how people would see him when he went swimming at the YMCA.
“This guy sent it around to a lot of people, a lot of women, let’s not pretend this is just a goofy guy, this is a Circuit Court judge…A trial judge who sends you to prison for life,” LeDuff said.
Langton, an attorney, read the Michigan Judicial Code of Conduct, which says a judge should “avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety,” in all activities. No disciplinary action or hearings have been proposed, though the angry husband filed a complaint with the Wayne County Prosecutors’ Office and the Judicial Tenure Commission.
“That’s also a workplace problem, harassment, me in the private sector? I’m gone,” LeDuff said, adding, “Look at what Wiener went through and his stuff was less racy.”
So, how racy was the picture? LeDuff said it left nothing, literally, to the imagination.
“We had to pixelate the pubes,” LeDuff said.
McCree originally accepted an offer to tell his side of the story, Langton said, but later changed his mind and said the gag order was in place.
“What if, as the judge told you, he says there’s a gag order and there’s no gag order?” LeDuff said. “Now we’re getting into credibility.”
“Yep, that’s me, no shame in my game,” McCree, who’s married, said earlier when LeDuff confronted him with the photo on camera.
Caller Kim said, in response to a question about whether a boss should be fired for sending naked pictures, said, “It should depend on how good-looking they are… As far as I’m concerned it should depend on what they look like.”