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Mich. Supreme Court suspends Wayne Co. Judge McCree

The Michigan Supreme Court says a Wayne County judge should be removed from office. It says Wade McCree faces a six-year suspension if voters reelect him in November, and ordered him to pay $11,645.17 in costs.

You might remember Wade McCree's name from a now-infamous quote he gave to a TV reporter about texting a shirtless picture of himself to a sheriff’s office worker.


“There’s no shame in my game,” McCree said.

But the Judicial Tenure Commission, and now the state Supreme Court, disagree.

McCree was found to have carried on a sexual relationship with a witness in a child support case assigned to him. He failed to recuse himself from the case for months. Then he made up charges of stalking and extortion against the witness. Then, he lied under oath about it.

McCree’s late father was a noted and respected judge. Wade Hampton McCree Jr. was the first black judge appointed to the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Sarah Hulett is Michigan Public's Director of Amplify & Longform, helping reporters to do their best work.