Ingham County Circuit Court Chief Justice William Collette says he avoided contact with Judge Beverley Nettles-Nickerson to protect himself.
"I had been accused of being a racist and having a sexual relationship (with her)," he said. "I was fearful of my situation.
So much so that Justice Collette would only communicate with her through email.
"I made sure everything was documented," he testified. "I would only talk to her when there were other people present.
Collette also testified on the charge that Judge Nettles-Nickerson released a prisoner from jail early in 2003, because he was dating a co-worker and friend.
He added DeShaun Anderson should not have been released due to probation violations.
Nettles Nickerson claims to not have known about the violations. Though her attorney, Philip J. Thomas, claims Collette knew and chose not to tell her.
"It was a trap," he said.
Thomas claims Collette didn't get along with his client and was out to get her. He says Collette withheld information to see her fail.