ANN ARBOR (WWJ/AP) – Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy was the first witness Monday morning in the case against a judge who a state agency says had an affair with a woman who had a child-support case pending in his court.
WWJ’s legal analyst Charlie Langton said Judge Wade McCree’s attorney told the courtroom he suffers from hypomania, a type of bipolar disorder, which according to WebMD is characterized by “excessive energy, little need for sleep and unusual exhilaration.”
The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission hearing for McCree is expected to last several days. A retired judge is presiding.
The judge’s troubles deepened when Geniene La’Shay Mott disclosed an affair with McCree in December, saying the two had sex in his chambers and other places after they met when she took an ex-boyfriend to court. The judge allegedly told her she could pick her ex’s punishment, urged her to have an abortion when she became pregnant last fall, and tried to pay her off.
A very pregnant Mott was the star of the courtroom show Monday, reading aloud text messages between herself and the judge where they exchanged messages about their burgeoning romance — and the inner workings of the court. In one text, the judge referenced former councilwoman Monica Conyers appearing in his courtroom with the same “ignorant sh** as usual.”
The judge allegedly sent her a lighthearted message about a blind court defendant accused of stealing a car, writing, “WTF?” at the end. In another incident, he texted her that a child support defendant in his courtroom at that moment was a “worthless MF.”
He also texted Mott about her “fineness” while saying he was on the bench, adding he “loved kissing her” and couldn’t wait to perform sexual acts with her.
Mott testified Monday that she wanted McCree to divorce his wife and gave him the option of breaking off their relationship “four or five times.”
“In the end, he had to choose between me and his wife,” she said. “I said if he didn’t get the divorce, he loses me.”
After the revelation, he was placed on leave and then suspended without pay in February.
The commission says McCree lied during the agency’s ethics investigation and falsely reported to prosecutors that Mott was stalking him.
McCree’s attorney, Brian Einhorn, has said the judge shouldn’t lose his job. Mott refused over and over to reveal the father of the baby with which she’s now pregnant, with Einhorn pushing her to answer and her saying over and over it wasn’t relevant to the case.
The state Supreme Court reprimanded McCree last year, before Mott emerged, after he sent a shirtless photo of himself to a female court employee. He famously said, “Ain’t no shame in my game,” when a TV news crew confronted him with the photo.
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