Michael Hecht could have spared himself a whole lot of grief if he’d resigned earlier. After fighting prosecution for the better part of a year, he wound up resigning anyway after his convictions last week.
He could have stepped down from the court when the allegations first came to light last January. Better yet, he could have not run for office, knowing the time bombs in his past.
Without the judge’s robes, Hecht was a common john. His offenses were so commonplace, I doubt any prosecutor would have gone to the trouble of building a case against him – if the integrity of the superior court hadn’t been at stake. As it was, the state Attorney General’s Office, no less, wound up marshaling a formidable string of witnesses for a conviction worth, at most, 90 days in jail.
Only Hecht may know why he pushed things this far.