Samuel Kent

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Samuel Kent
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
Title:   Former Judge
Position:   Seat #5
Service:
Appointed by:   George H.W. Bush
Active:   10/1/1990 - 6/30/2009
Preceded by:   Hugh Gibson
Succeeded by:   Marina Marmolejo
Personal History
Born:   1949
Hometown:   Denver, CO
Undergraduate:   University of Texas (1971)
Law School:   University of Texas School of Law (1975)

Samuel B. Kent was an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. On June 15, 2009 Kent reported to prison after pleading guilty to a felony count of obstruction of justice. In exchange for his guilty plea on that count, Kent had several charges of abusive sexual contact and sexual harassment dropped. Kent resigned on June 30, 2009, avoiding a impeachment trial in the Senate.

Kent was formally impeached by a unanimous vote of the House of Representatives on June 19, 2009.

Early life and education

A native of Denver, Kent graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with his bachelor's degree in 1971 and his Juris Doctor degree in 1975.[1]

Professional career

Kent spent his pre-judicial legal career as a private practice attorney practicing around Galveston, Texas from 1975 to 1990.[1]

Judicial career

Southern District of Texas

On the recommendation of Texas U.S. Senator Phil Gramm, Kent was nominated by President George H.W. Bush on August 3, 1990, to a seat vacated by Hugh Gibson as Gibson assumed senior status. Kent was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 28, 1990 on a senate vote and received commission on October 1, 1990.[1] Kent was succeeded in this position by Marina Marmolejo.

Sex abuse case

Original charge and plea

Judge Samuel Kent was charged in August 2008 with committing sex crimes. His former case manager, Cathy McBroom, accused him of physically harassing her over a four-year period. In September 2008, Kent pleaded not guilty to three original charges which included two counts of abusive sexual contact and one count of attempted aggravated sexual abuse.[2]

Guilty plea

On February 23, 2009, Judge Kent pleaded guilty on a felony count of obstruction of justice. In exchange for the plea he got five of the most serious charges against him dropped.[2] Kent was sentenced to 33 months in prison.[3]

Because Kent pleaded guilty to the obstruction charge, he avoided trial on five other charges against him. U.S. District Judge Clyde Vinson of the Northern District of Florida presided in the case.[2]

I understand the crimes to which I have agreed to plead guilty, the maximum penalties for those offenses and sentencing guideline penalties potentially applicable to them.[2] [4]

Impeachment

On May 17, 2009, Chief Judge Edith Jones of the Fifth Circuit recommended that Judge Kent be impeached and ordered that he not be given disability status. In a letter sent by Chief Judge Jones to Kent's lead lawyer Dick DeGuerin, said no to the disability status claim asserting that "a claimant should not profit from his own wrongdoing by engaging in criminal misconduct and then collecting a federal retirement salary for the disability related to the prosecution." Jones did note that until he was indicted, Kent "continued to handle a high volume of cases expeditiously," so did not appear to be disabled or impaired.[5]

Judge Samuel Kent was impeached by the House of Representatives on June 19, 2009 with all 435 members of the House voting to approve four articles of impeachment.[6] During the proceedings, both the Republican and Democrat camps criticized Kent for collecting his taxpayer salary during his recent stint in prison.[6]

On June 25, 2009, Samuel Kent sent a letter to President Barack Obama indicating that he would officially resign on June 30, 2009.[7]

Imprisonment

On June 15, 2009, Judge Kent reported to a federal prison in Ayer, Massachusetts that specializes in care for felons with medical or mental health issues.[8][9]

House Impeachment Proceedings


Congressman Jim Senenbrenner (R-WI-5) Floor Statement on Judge Kent's Impeachment

Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA-6) Floor Statement on Judge Kent's Impeachment

House Judiciary Committee testimony from victims

See also

External links

References

Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Hugh Gibson
Southern District of Texas
1990–2009
Seat #5
Succeeded by:
Marina Marmolejo


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