Politics & Government

State Supreme Court bans Michael Hecht from ever again holding judicial office

The state Supreme Court has banned ex-Pierce County Superior Court Judge Michael Hecht from ever again holding judicial office in Washington.

The state's Commission on Judicial Conduct in May voted to censure Hecht and recommend to the Supreme Court that he be disqualified from judicial office.

A unanimous Supreme Court accepted that recommendation Thursday, according to a news release issued today.

Elected to the bench in summer 2008, Hecht resigned late last year after being convicted of felony harassment and patronizing a prostitute. He since has completed most of the requirements of his sentence, including performing 240 hours of community service and successfully completing the county's "john school."

He's appealed his conviction, but the appeal is on hold while he tries to get public funding to execute it. He's taken that effort to the state Supreme Court.