A Wayne County judge is back in court Tuesday for a misconduct hearing to defend his job.
Doctors for Wade McCree took the stand Tuesday to offer insight into his risky behavior.
Dr. David Jacoby said McCree was showing signs of “hypomania,” a condition where, at times, McCree exhibited signs of being overly confident.
“"o the whirlwind, imprudent affair, and the being reckless with the canons of law, that global behavior is consistent with hypomania,. Hypomania is not normally as obvious or severe but people still lose that ability to manage themselves prudently and cautiously and hypomania means the person is impaired," Jacoby said.
--Dr. David Jacoby
Doctor Jacoby said he could not believe when he saw televised reports of Judge McCree sending shirtless photos of himself from his cell phone and proclaiming "there is no shame in my game." Jacoby said that prompted him to contact McCree.
"That immediately set off an alarm bell in my mind because I'd always wondered if Wade McCree was hypomanic, a striking abnormal thing for Wade I'd known for years," Jacoby said.
A psychiatrist also testified that McCree started complaining about the woman he was having an affair with.
--Dr. Curtis Long
“Her demands just had to be met, in terms of the dinner choice, the wine choices, thing weren’t good enough,” said Dr. Curtis Long. “That led to, what I would say, complaints about her.”
Judge admits to affair in chambers
McCree has admitted that he "lusted" after a much younger woman and carried on an affair with her while he was presiding over a case against the father of her child.
During misconduct hearings that will help determine whether he keeps his job, McCree testified that he regretted the "poor judgment" he exercised by getting involved with Geniene La'Shay Mott, 30. But he explained that he had found her too hard to resist.
--Geniene La'Shay Mott
Mott "surprised me and thrilled me. ... I lusted after that woman. I'm in my middle 50s and she's a double dozen years my junior," McCree, 56, said.
The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission said McCree's actions were irresponsible and eroded the public's confidence, especially because he continued to handle Mott's child support case.
"I should have transferred it immediately, and I didn't," he acknowledged.
It was an unflattering day for McCree, a member of a prominent Detroit family. His late father, Wade McCree Jr., was a federal judge who also argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court as solicitor general under President Jimmy Carter.
But McCree didn't flinch as he answered questions. He spoke loudly, gestured and, without prompting, even paused to spell the last names of people mentioned during his testimony. The affair lasted from June to October last year.
"I was lonely," McCree said. "Certain things weren't as wonderful as I would have liked in my 25 years of marriage. ... I was vulnerable but my nose was open. I knew what I was doing."