Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Federal Judge In Texas Pleads Guilty To Obstruction Of Justice
U.S. District Judge Samuel B. Kent, 59, pleaded guilty today to obstruction of justice by making false statements to a special investigative committee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The special investigative committee was investigating a judicial misconduct complaint against Kent that alleged he assaulted two female employees. Kent, who sat on the bench in the Southern District of Texas, had been charged with three counts of abusive sexual contact and two counts of aggravated sexual abuse. Those charges will be dropped and prosecutors will recommend that he serve no more than 3 years in prison for the obstruction count. He has reportedly retired from the bench. Sentencing is scheduled for May 11, 2009.
Read the DOJ's announcement here.