Testimony resumed Tuesday in a misconduct hearing for a Wayne County judge who admits to having an affair with a woman who had a child-support case pending in his court.
Wade McCree’s wife, LaVerne McCree, took to the stand to talk about her husband's affair. She said her husband confessed to her, saying he was going to break off the relationship and wanted to stay married.
LaVerne McCree said an agreement was made between her husband and his mistress -- Geniene La'Shay Mott -- that he would pay for an abortion. However, LaVerne McCree said the only way Mott would go through with the abortion was if Wade McCree filed for divorce.
LaVerne McCree said she and her husband talked about a plan to start divorce proceedings but not actually go through with them.
Mott eventually changed her mind about having the procedure.
When asked if she planned on staying in her marriage, LaVerne McCree said, "Yes."
--Wade McCree's wife
The former mistress of McCree testified Monday during his Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission hearing in Ann Arbor, disputing allegations that she stalked him and that he never tried to break off their relationship.
"Judge McCree never said it was over," Geniene La'Shay Mott said.
--Geniene La'Shay Mott
Mott had a child-support case pending in McCree's court and disclosed their affair in December. He was placed on leave and then suspended without pay in February. The commission said McCree lied during the agency's ethics investigation and falsely reported to prosecutors that Mott was stalking him.
He could ultimately be removed from office by the Michigan Supreme Court.
During questioning by McCree's attorney, Brian Einhorn, Mott said she is pregnant but refused to say if McCree is the father.
When asked if she could have gotten pregnant by the judge, Mott replied: "As much as we had sex it could have happened anytime."
The Judicial Tenure Commission issued a 20-page misconduct complaint against the 56-year-old McCree in March.
The complaint states that McCree met Mott last year when she appeared in his court in a child-support case involving Robert King, the father of a previous child. The commission said McCree gave her his business card and asked that she contact him.
That began a six-month relationship, including sex in McCree's office and other locations, the complaint says.
Mott and McCree repeatedly talked about how to punish King for owing child support, according to the commission. McCree placed King on electronic tether in August before the case was transferred to another judge a month later.
The state Supreme Court reprimanded McCree last year after he sent a shirtless photo of himself to a female court employee, an incident that earned him the nickname "buff barrister" in media reports.
Mott testified Monday that she wanted McCree to divorce his wife and gave him the option of breaking off their relationship "four or five times."
"In the end, he had to choose between me and his wife," she said. "I said if he didn't get the divorce, he loses me."