Former Pierce County Superior Court Judge Michael Hecht’s indigency petition was denied – again – during a hearing this morning at the Regional Justice Center in Kent.
King County Superior Court Judge James Cayce found Hecht had the ability to pay for the appeal of his October convictions on felony harassment and patronizing a prostitute. Cayce rejected Hecht’s arguments to the contrary.
Hecht had contended in court documents that he could not afford the costs of the appeal. He’s been unemployed since resigning his seat in November, days before Cayce sentenced Hecht to 240 hours of community service. (Hecht has completed that requirement.)
Hecht initially filed his request to be declared indigent in December. Cayce denied the motion without holding a hearing.
Hecht appealed to the state Court of Appeals, which denied to review Cayce’s ruling. Hecht asked the appeals court to modify its decision. Last month, the court issued an order that required Cayce to hold a hearing to determine whether Hecht was indigent but still able to pay some of the costs of his appeal.
Staff writer Adam Lynn provided the information for this report.