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News: Crime & Police
Topeka DA Hecht Again Shows Disregard For The Law Or Ethics.
by Bob Cutler / Topeka DIY
Email: topekadiy (at) cox.net (verified)
Current rating: 0
13 Mar 2004
Hecht Accused Of Improperly Giving Court Documents To His Daughter For Political Gain
District Judge Richard Anderson issued orders for attorneys to submit arguments as to why Robert Hecht should or shouldn't be sanctioned for allegedly allowing his daughter, Lisa Hecht, director of the YWCA Battered Women Task Force, to see the confidential report on convicted criminal Steve Grimmet.
On Wednesday, both Lisa and Father Bob Hecht denied during testimony that Bob Hecht had given his daughter a copy of the evaluation report done by Larned State Security Hospital.
Steven Grimmet had been sent to Larned for psychiatric evaluation, partly to determine if he is a danger to the community. He had been convicted of having sex with a 6 year old child, and video taping the acts.
Shawnee County District Judge Dan Mitchell testified that he had heard Lisa Hecht say on a radio talk show Feb. 10 that she had seen or read the Larned report.
Robert Hecht claims that he had discussed the report with his daughter but only after the report was discussed in open court.
The Battered Womens Task Force, where Lisa Hecht works as director, was outraged that a local judge had given Grimmet a lenient sentence and probation for the crimes. The BWTF had organized a demonstration in front of the court house in February.
Lisa Hecht has served as a Topeka City Council member, she did not win an election, but was appointed to replace another member who left the council. She lost her bid for re-election after that.
During her tenure on the City Council, her father Bob Hecht narrowly weaseled out of hot water after he had illegally given city property to his daughters place of employment. And while Hecht was usurping the democratic process as he oustered Mayor Butch Felker for improperly filing and processing campaign finances, Hecht had to quickly and quietly re-shuffle his own finances, and allegedly quietly return or re-launder money that had been given to his campaign.
In the last Topeka Council Election, Hecht also violated the constitutional rights of a legitimate candidate when he up-held the disqualification decision of County Elections Officer Elizabeth Ensly. At issue was a candidate who was improperly registered to vote at the correct address, yet the rules and regulations for local election eligibility are not clear on the specifics, and time and time again, the United States Supreme Court has upheld a citizens right to participate in the democratic process regardless of "Mere informalities". In very similar cases dating back over the last 100 years, the Supreme Court has regularly and consistently sided with candidates who had been disqualified for not being registered to vote, or having changed addresses immediately before registering to run for election.
Even when confronted with citation of these cases, District Attorney Bob Hecht claimed that he had "No other authority but to up hold the election clerks decision". His daughter was running for re-election in that race as well.
Members and employees of Topeka's Battered Womans task Force are also members of Topeka's Equal Justice Coalition, an anti-Gay hate group that masquerades as a "Gay Rights Advocacy" group. Also members of that organization are members of Topeka's hate-group Unity Blvd, who have made a reputation for themselves for Gay-bashing local Gay activists, and pulling political strings with local newspaper Topeka Capitol Journal to have Gay activists and members of the Queer community silenced on public forums.
The geneses of these problems within the BWTF and EJC began when Unity Blvd members began a hate campaign against vocal local Gay activists, as those Unity Blvd members moved on to infiltrate the EJC, and by proxy, the BWTF and Kansas Unity And Pride Alliance, they persuaded members of those groups to also wage a war of personal destruction, character assassination, and anti-Gay discrimination against local Gay activists.
A long history of incestuous insider-dealing and political power-brokering exists between Bob Hecht, his daughter, and the various hate-groups that they represent or are members of. While claiming to be a "Tough on crime" DA, Hecht has repeatedly denied filing charges against known violent offenders, often frustrating the efforts of the local police department.
The DA's office often refers victims of crimes such as stalking and harassment to the BWTF to help them obtain restraining orders, however, the BWTF will not cooperate or help victims of crimes such as stalking and harassment if the offender is on Hechts special protected criminal list, or if the victims are on the EJC/UB "enemy list". This has left citizens exposed to the repeated harassment and crimes committed by local criminals with very lengthy conviction records, and dozens of restraining orders already against them requested by other victims.
Hecht and Hecht do not seem to care about such issues, unless they can somehow use such incidents and crimes to further their own political careers or ability to broker power among their selected constituents.
In related news, Sperlings "Best Places" list has named Topeka as "Worst Small Cities for Crime Topeka, KS Topeka has the highest rate of property crime among cities with fewer than 200,000 residents. The rates of larceny and robbery are especially high."
This determination was made based on FBI crime statistics taken over the last ten years.
It is not a stretch of the imagination to know that the high crime rate in Topeka is a result in a break-down within the District Attorneys office, who is more concerned with usurping the democratic process and securing a "New Phelps Order" of their own making in Topeka.
Local hate-groups such as Equal Justice Coalition, Unity Blvd and Westboro Baptist Church have assumed enough political control via back-room dealings with Hecht and his selective prosecution of political figures and activists, especially openly vocally Gay activists. The hateful and destructive behavior of these groups has been determined by Menningers Psychologist Roy Menninger to be a major contributing factor in Topeka's high crime rate, negative business atmosphere, and poor self-image of the city at large.
Some time after the April 5th deadline set by a local judge, he will make a determination on weather or not Hecht should be sanctioned for leaking sensitive and sealed documents concerning pending court cases to his daughter for her to use in her own career and political pursuits.