ANN ARBOR (WWJ/AP) - A controversial Wayne County judge just can’t help himself. That’s a doctor’s testimony about Wade McCree, who is fighting to keep his job.
Henry Ford physician Dr. David Jacobi says McCree, who stands accused of misconduct, suffers from a mental condition that led to abnormal, overly confident public statements.
Jacobi testified Tuesday that he diagnosed McCree last year with a condition called “hypomania.” The diagnosis came after McCree sent a shirtless photo of himself to a courthouse employee and told a reporter: “No shame in my game.”
Jacobi said he became concerned about McCree’s behavior when he saw him on TV boasting about his physique following the embarrassing incident.
“Most people instinctively, without thinking about it, would immediately react in a very serious way,” said Jacobi. “And I thought this was a striking maladroit response to the media that made me think, ‘I wonder if Wade has sort of lost that capacity to manage his public persona.’”
Jacobi said McCree’s outlandish behavior suggests “a loss of the normal control” that a judge would typically have.
Said Jacobi, on the stand,”Wade has always been ambitious, politically astute, and he’s always been very gregarious. But he’s always managed that public persona very well,” prior to these incidents.
The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission ruled McCree acted irresponsibly when he carried on an affair with a woman while presiding over a case against the father of her child.
McCree testified last week he should have immediately transferred the case.
(TM and © Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)