Prior to the Judge Hecht came the testimony of Joey Hesketh. Hesketh claims that Hecht first picked him up 10 years ago when he was a 14-year-old prostitute working Tacoma's antique row. He says that when rumors of their relationship began circulating after Hecht's election to superior court, the judge threatened to kill him.
In Hecht's favor is the fact that the accusations against him are coming from people who juries are less likely to trust. Working against him, however, are his own comments. Which are probably meant to sound innocent but come off as really, really creepy.
On the witness stand Monday, Hecht said he's not a sex client but simply a grandfatherly type trying to help people. He says he took one accuser back to his law office after hours to offer friendly advice.
Ahh yes, the old Helpful Grandpa defense. Skeezing out juries since 1922.
Closing arguments in Hecht's case are scheduled for today. We'll let you know how things turn out.
UPDATE: Hecht's lawyer, Wayne Fricke, says that the male prostitutes are just trying to scam the judge out of money.