Detroit— The lawyer for disgraced Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Wade McCree said removing the judge from the bench is both unprecedented and draconian.
McCree, who is under fire from the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission for complaints of judicial misconduct, should instead be censured and temporarily suspended, said his lawyer Brian Einhorn.
In his written brief in response to the tenure commission’s findings, Einhorn asked to be allowed to make oral arguments in the matter before the Michigan Supreme Court.
McCree got into hot water with the commission while presiding over a 2012 child support case involving Geniene La’Shay Mott with whom he had an extramarital affair.
He also is accused of giving favorable treatment to a relative of Mott’s and for using derogatory remarks to describe some litigants in his courtroom. Last month the nine-member commission recommended to the Michigan Supreme Court McCree be removed from office and also called for a six-year “conditional” suspension for the judge in the event he is re-elected to the bench next year.
During a hearing last month, the executive director of the Michigan Tenure Commission said McCree “suffers from egomania” and is a “narcissist” who is no longer fit to serve as a judge.
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Wayne Co. Judge McCree's lawyer seeks censure instead of removal