Detroiters Behaving Badly: Top 10 In 2012

December 26, 2012 7:00 AM

This is a cropped version of the photo Wayne County Judge Wade McCree allegedly sent to women, including staffers. (Photo courtesy: MyFOX Detroit)

By Marisa Fusinski
You’ve heard tales of their unseemly, ridiculous and dirty deeds throughout the year — those southeast Michiganders who were more naughty than nice in 2012. Here, in no particular order, are the stories of just a few local news-makers who can expect to find coal in their stockings.
This is a cropped version of the photo Wayne County Judge Wade McCree allegedly sent to women, including staffers. (Photo courtesy: MyFOX Detroit)

(Photo courtesy: MyFOX Detroit)

‘Shirtless’ Judge Wade McCree can’t keep his robe on … Is there still no shame in his game? The 3rd Circuit Court Judge who grabbed the spotlight by sending a female employee a shirtless pic of himself was ensnared again when a woman came forward with hundreds of texts she says proves he initiated an affair with her when she came into his court seeking child support. She now says he impregnated her. Oops. (Read the story).

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero (credit: WWJ-TV)

The ‘Angry Mayor’ strikes again: The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe asked that Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero issue a formal apology after he reportedly used profanity and racial slurs at a fundraiser last January.  A tribe spokesman said Bernero wore a target on his back to suggest that he’s under fire from bows and arrows over  controversy about a planned off-reservation casino.  (Read more). In related news, “Lansing Mayor Tells Casino Opponents To ‘Screw Off’.”

Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions looks on from the sidelines before the Pac-12 Championship game between the UCLA Bruins and the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on December 2, 2011 in Eugene, Oregon. (Credit: Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

. (Credit: Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Ndamukong Suh still playing dirty: Following consecutive Thanksgiving Day game incidents, the Lions’ Ndamukong Suh on Dec. 3 allegedly pointed, laughed and danced around a player  who was lying on the field with a concussion. It was on Turkey Day his year that Suh “accidentally” kicked Houston Texans’ quarterback Matt Schaub in the crotch.  (More here).

L. Brooks Patterson

(publicity photo) L. Brooks Patterson

Booksie’s Ficano suicide suggestion was just ‘a joke’: Known for his quippy comments, L. Brooks Patterson clearly has no filter. The Oakland County Executive made headlines at the Mackinac Policy Conference when he was asked what advice he would offer embattled Wayne County Exec. Bob Ficano. Patterson responded, “Go in the garage, pull the door down, leave the engine running.” He later explained he was only kidding. (More here).

(credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Image, File)

(credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Image, File)

Woman arrested after ketchup-squirting attack:  It’s a case of snack time gone awry. Troy police said a 29-year-old Pontiac resident became upset when she was told the Crooks and Big Beaver 7-11 store did not have hot sauce for her nachos. Seriously. (Read the story).

(credit: Leon Halip/Getty Images)

(credit: Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Titus Young did something disreputable … and apparently it was SO bad that no one will say, at least on record, exactly what. The Detroit Lions’ wide receiver’s “inability to work well with others” first landed him some alone time and, ultimately, a season-ending stint on injured reserve. (More on this). Team captain Dominic Raiola certainly has something to say about it: “We’ve moved on from him, if he wants to be a f*** a**hole, let him be a f*** a**hole.”

(credit: WWJ/Jeff Gilbert)

(credit: WWJ/Jeff Gilbert)

‘One Tough Nerd’ flips on right-to-work: Gov. Rick Snyder noted there were “a number of people” out protesting as he signed the contentious right-to-work legislation. Yes, an estimated 12,000 does qualify as a number, sir. The move this month raised more than a few eyebrows since Snyder had again and again said such legislation was “not on his agenda.” (Read more). (While we’re on the topic, did pro-union protesters tear down an opposing group’s tent? It sure looked like it).

(credit: DANIEL ROLAND/AFP/Getty Images)

(credit: DANIEL ROLAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Man sues BMW for persistent erection:  A frivolous lawsuit, or just a hard case to prove? There’s been some debate over here at as to whether or not this guy belongs on the list — but his story sure was a popular one among visitors to our site. Not that we’re judging you. (Check it out).

thornton in city council Detroiters Behaving Badly: Top 10 In 2012

(WWJ Photo)

Ex-Detroit School Board member needed a nap: Police tried, and failed, a couple weeks ago to throw a disgruntled citizen out of an emotionally charged Detroit City Council meeting. Marie Thornton apparently thought it made sense to lie down on the floor of council chambers, stopping the cops from removing her from them room. She was surprisingly successful. This is only somewhat a-typical of what usually goes on over there. (Read more).

(Bill Pugliano/Getty Images, File)

(Bill Pugliano/Getty Images, File)

We can’t forget Kwame: He sent sexy texts to a subordinate as Detroit’s big boss, and was two years ago indicted for alleged racketeering, extortion, bribery and fraud — turning the mayor’s office into what prosecutors called a “criminal enterprise.” We’ve now learned he liked keep his ill-begotten Benjamins in a shoe. Kwame Kilpatrick’s federal corruption trial began in 2012 and will continue into the new year. (Catch up).

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