Wayne judge affair before High Court
Detroit — A case involving former Wayne Circuit Court Judge Wade McCree over a lawsuit involving his alleged former mistress has made its way to the nation’s highest court.
The case, which has been slated for preliminary review by the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 23, stems from a lawsuit filed by Robert King, the father of a child with McCree’s alleged former girlfriend, Geniene La’Shay Mott.
McCree had a sexual relationship with Mott while presiding over a 2012 child support case between her and King. It was revealed during judicial disciplinary hearings on a complaint of judicial misconduct that Mott and McCree traded texts about King during the child support hearings.
As a result, King said his constitutional rights to a fair hearing were violated because of the affair between McCree, who is married, and Mott. King sued McCree in federal court in Detroit, but McCree requested judicial immunity.
King’s attorney, Joel Sklar, said he hopes the justices will decide to take up his client’s case for review.
“The question is whether my client had a fair and impartial judge,” Sklar said Friday. “That’s the questions we’re still trying to get to.”
McCree has maintained his handling of the King case was not affected by his relationship with Mott.
Attorney Brian Einhorn, McCree’s attorney, says the issue of judicial immunity has been a “bedrock” for 150 years and he does not believe the Supreme Court’s justices will take the case for further review.
Einhorn added McCree “exercised his authority” as a judge with complete responsibility in the King case.
“He did not violate his responsibility as a judge and that’s key and that’s why I don’t think the court will look at it,” Einhorn said Friday.
In July, a federal appeals court upheld a lower court’s ruling that McCree cannot be sued by King.
The decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati cites U.S. Supreme Court law that McCree is immune from lawsuits stemming from judicial actions.
Michigan’s Supreme Court in March removed McCree from office. He is not eligible to be re-elected as a judge for six years.
McCree, 57, who filed for re-election last year for the judgeship, which pays about $140,000 annually, was accused of having romantic rendezvous in his chambers with Mott. He also was accused of making offensive remarks to her about litigants in his courtroom, referring to some of them as “tatted up, overweight, half-a-- English speaking gap-tooth skank hoes” in text messages to Mott.