There might be a problem with the Pierce County Council’s decision to do away with former Judge Michael Hecht’s old seat on the bench: The Washington Constitution.
Doug Vanscoy, the chief civil deputy of the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, took a look this week at the legalities of the council’s action and came up with some interesting conclusions. I summarize:
• The seat in question, Department 9, was created by the Legislature – not the county – in 1969.
• The constitution gives the Legislature sole discretion over the creation of judgeships.
• In 1985, the Legislature began to share …