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Hecht denied request to be declared indigent for appeal of his convictions

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on March 12, 2010 at 9:14 am with 6 Comments »
March 12, 2010 9:17 am

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.

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. mattersnot1 says:

    A lie is like a snowball. The more you roll it along the bigger it gets.

  2. lgcnelson84 says:

    As it should be….

    Hecht admitted his guilt after he was sentenced, and according to this article,
    Cayce sentenced him to 240 hours of community service which Hecht has since completed.

    So, now, after he’s paid his debt to society, he’s going to continue appealing the verdict, use a lawyer (when he’s perfectly capable to represent himself), and continue to lie and try to weasel through the system? I know we have appeals courts for a good reason, but this is getting kind of rediculous. Stop wasting time and money and move on!

  3. mattersnot1 says:


    Hecht did not admit he was guilty. He said, “…as a matter of law, I am guilty…”
    This only means he was found guilty by a court of law.
    Hecht has no experience as an appellate attorney, thus he is not capable of representing himself.
    Why is it that you are so eager to deny his man his right to due process? What’s your dog in the fight?

  4. sunlover says:

    He will be indignant at the court for not finding him indigent. What an idiot!

  5. puzzlemaker says:

    Will it now finally be over or will Hecht roll over again and attempt yet another fight.

  6. puzzlemaker says:

    Is it over yet or will Hecht attempt yet another feeble fight?

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