The Rise and Fall of Judge Hecht
by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 11/3/2009 @ 12:25am
|You have to love that Armijo Investigations, Inc. takes PayPal.|
by NineInchNachos on 11/3/2009 @ 9:22am
|talk about innovation!|
by NineInchNachos on 11/3/2009 @ 9:53am
|look how lame this Hecht cartoon is that ran in the TNT. It just smells like the seattle times. Look how they draw tacoma... All scratchy and dilapidated. My Hecht cartoon is so much better it's not even funny.|
by NineInchNachos on 11/3/2009 @ 9:56am
|PETER CALLAGHAN: "So much blame to go around. But since dodging blame is the great American pastime, let me give it a try. We ended up with Hecht because the incumbent wasn’t worthy of another term. The only option we had was a fairly recent member of the bar who had run and lost before."
by NineInchNachos on 11/3/2009 @ 4:20pm
|This just in from the Pierce County Cpuncil spokesman Brad Chatfield:
In light of Pierce County Superior Court Judge Michael Hecht’s felony conviction and subsequent resignation, the County Council today unanimously passed an emergency ordinance eliminating Hecht’s soon-to-be vacant seat to save money in a still-worsening budget environment.
The ordinance dissolves Department 9 of Superior Court effective Nov. 16 – when Hecht’s resignation takes effect – and shifts the department’s $19,000 in remaining 2009 funds to hiring pro-tem judges so cases will continue to be heard. The move may help realize savings in the 2010 budget, which will need severe reductions due to a continued drop in county revenue.
“We want to put this unfortunate episode behind us and move quickly to ensure there’s no interruption in judicial services in our county,” Council Chairman Roger Bush said. “Eliminating this vacant position prevents us from making more drastic budget reductions later on.”
The council took the unusual step of declaring an emergency, Bush noted, because ever-dropping revenues are putting the county’s public-safety departments at imminent risk of reductions during the remainder of 2009. Reallocating the funds in Department 9 will free-up money for pro-tem judge help that was unavailable while Hecht was drawing a salary from Pierce County but unable to carry out his duties.
“The intent is to drive more money into the court this year and save additional revenue next year and into the future,” Bush said.
State law sets the maximum number of Superior Court judges in each county. Pierce County’s maximum number is 24; there will be 21 after the council ordinance takes effect. By comparison, King County is allotted a maximum of 58 Superior Court judges but currently employs 53, and Spokane County is allowed a maximum of 13 judges but has 12.
The County Council will continue to review the proposed 2010 budget until Nov. 10, when councilmembers are scheduled to adopt the final budget at their regular 3 p.m. meeting in the Council Chambers (930 Tacoma Ave. S., Room 1045, Tacoma). A complete schedule of remaining budget hearings is available on the council’s budget Web page, www.piercecountywa.gov/pc/abtus/ourorg/council/budget.htm.
by jenyum on 11/3/2009 @ 4:25pm
|Wait, wasn't the story just yesterday that Hecht needed to resign right away so that they could fill the vacant seat and better serve the people of Piece County?
This story just gets weirder the longer it goes on.
by NineInchNachos on 11/3/2009 @ 4:53pm
|Devil work of Pat McCarthy?|
by NineInchNachos on 11/3/2009 @ 6:02pm
|Erik, that letter from the lawyer friend was interesting.|
by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 11/4/2009 @ 12:23am
From an ad for vending machine chicken soup.
by NineInchNachos on 11/5/2009 @ 8:40am
|The County Council and I agree on the need to find budget savings while also reducing the backlog of cases clogging our Superior Court. The Council's action might prove to be an innovative way to keep cases flowing through the system. My office is researching the issue to see if the temporary elimination of Department Nine can have the dual benefit of saving the County money while making progress toward reducing the backlog.
"I did find the Council's action to be a curious use of the emergency ordinance process since there was adequate time to engage the community about an important issue affecting the people's access to courts."
by NineInchNachos on 11/9/2009 @ 10:42am
by NineInchNachos on 11/18/2009 @ 5:03pm
|"The fact that a jury believed the testimony of homeless drug addicts with criminal histories instead of the testimony of the defendant speaks volumes about the defendant’s character and credibility.”
that prosecutor makes me sick
by NineInchNachos on 11/23/2009 @ 3:54pm
Power lunch with TPD Detective tomorrow at Infinite Soups on Antique Row. Selling my original Hecht Tacomic!
I hope they will have chicken noodle.
by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 11/23/2009 @ 6:09pm
|surely they must have a chicken soup vending machine in the Municipal building or the County City building.|
by marumaruyopparai on 11/23/2009 @ 6:54pm
|The statement of the prosecutor is vacant of meaning. I mean read that sentence, it really makes no sense.|
by NineInchNachos on 12/10/2009 @ 4:55pm
|Poor Richard predicts: He'll win appeal.
this conviction is bullcrap.
by NineInchNachos on 11/10/2011 @ 10:14am