Judges for Justice

Judge Michael Heavey (Ret.) --- Co-Founder

Mike Heavey served as a US Army officer and is a decorated Vietnam Veteran. He served 14 years as a Washington state law­maker and over 12 years as a Judge on the King County Superior Court. He has presided over hundreds of criminal and civil cases in King County, Washington.

He is a close friend of Amanda Knox’s family and has been an outspoken advocate for her innocence. Since his retirement, he has presented speeches across the West Coast on the Knox case and the prevention of wrongful convictions. His work as a volunteer championing the innocence of Seattle neighbor Amanda Knox and her Italian co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito inspired Mike to get involved in the study of wrongful convictions in the US and around the world.

Since retiring from the bench in early 2013, Mike has become a champion for the rights of those wrongfully convicted, and in 2013 founded Judges For Justice, a non-profit organization committed to providing independent, impartial, and experienced expert analysis of cases of alleged innocence.

Judge Heavey has long believed that educating police, prosecutors, and defense attorneys is the key to preventing injustices like these. Mike lectures to attorneys and law students on the pathology of wrongful convictions

He is available for interviews and speaking engagements. Please see Judge Heavey’s presentation video below and contact Judges for Justice to have Mike come speak at your law firm, office, or next event.


“I just witnessed a great, forceful presentation. There is no way you can leave this presentation and not be convinced of what Mike has told us. It was very well organized and very well done. I just urge everybody to see this presentation at some point.” --— Walter Johnson, President of Walter Johnson Co.


US Army Officer, Vietnam, 1967-70

Admitted to Bar, 1976

WA State House of Representatives, 1987–1995

WA State Senate, 1995–2000

Superior Court Judge, 2000–2013


BA-University of Washington, 1973

JD-​Santa Clara University Law School, 1976


Awarded Bronze Star, Air Medal, Good Conduct Medal

Chairman of Commerce and Labor Committee, WA

Chairman of Senate Judiciary Committee, WA