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Shame Was in Judge's Game, Michigan Supreme Court Says


A Michigan judge may have said there was no shame in his game after he sent a courthouse employee a shirtless photo of himself, but the state supreme court apparently felt differently.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Wayne County Circuit Judge Wade McCree was reprimanded Wednesday by the Michigan Supreme Court.

The photo, which the judge sent to a bailiff’s cellphone, came to the court’s attention in April, after the woman’s husband complained about it to Michigan’s Judicial Tenure Commission.

“Hot dog, yep that’s me,” McCree told Charlie LeDuff of Detroit’s WJBK-TV. “I’ve got no shame in my game. I ain’t talked to nobody else’s wife … there’s nothing nude about it. I’m in no more clothes than I’ll be at the Y this afternoon when I swim my mile.”

According to the Free Press, the justices agreed with the Judicial Tenure Commission and wrote in its order (PDF) that McCree’s comments to LeDuff “brought shame … to the judiciary.”

During the TV interview, McCree did not confirm that he sent the picture to the bailiff’s phone, but he did state that he’d sent the picture to other women. According to MyFoxDetroit.com, the bailiff kept McCree’s photo as motivation to improve her workouts. The news site also notes that McCree has issued an apology for his actions.

Updated at 3:09 p.m. to include a link to the Michigan Supreme Court order.

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