House Impeaches Federal Judge in Sex Crimes Case; First Since Bill Clinton Impeachment


By: Jim Kouri, CPP

On Friday, the US House of Representatives formally impeached a federal judge imprisoned for lying about his alleged sexual assaults of two women.

Federal District Court Judge Samuel Kent of Texas will be tried in the US Senate, the first since the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.

The lawmakers voted for four articles of impeachment against the judge, including a charge accusing him of sexually assaulting two female employee. He’s also charged with lying to investigators and officials from the US Department of Justice. The House passed all charges unanimously.

“The conduct at issue here is both shocking and shameful,” Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said according to AP.

Kent entered a federal prison in Massachusetts last Monday to serve close to three years in federal prison. He pleaded guilty in May to lying to judicial investigators about his sexual assault of two women employed by his office.

Even though Kent is a convicted felon and currently incarcerated his continues to be paid his nearly $175,000 a year salary. He has repeatedly refused to resign.

If he is convicted of the impeachment charges by the US Senate, he will be removed from office.

Ironically Florida Congressman Alcee Hastings, a ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security Subcommittee, was present in the House during the impeachment debate. Hastings was acquitted of bribery charges as a federal judge, but in 1988 was nonetheless impeached by the House of Representatives.

The US Senate later convicted him for similar charges and Hastings was removed from the bench although he was never imprisoned.

In 1998, then President Bill Clinton suffered impeachment by the House. Clinton was charged with obstructing justice and lying under oath about his sexual affair with Monica Lewinsky, but the Senate not guilty.

In Kent’s case, the Senate will appoint a special trial committee. After the pretrial process, the committee will report its findings to the full Senate.

Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), told AP that the pretrial work can last weeks or months. But a trial can be swift.

In a plea agreement with the criminal prosecutor in February 23, 2009, Judge Kent admitted attempting to push his case manager Cathy McBroom into unwanted sex acts in 2003 and 2007. He admitted that he did the same with Donna Wilkerson, his secretary, from 2004 through at least 2005. While they didn’t have to testify in federal court because of Kent’s plea agreement, both women did testify before the House committee investigating the impeachment charges.

Besides the 33-month prison sentence, Judge Kent must pay a thousand dollar fine. He is also compelled to undergo treatment for alcoholism. In addition, Kent was ordered to pay $6,550 in restitution to the two women.

Judge Kent, a graduate of the University of Texas Law School, became well-known throughout the legal community for his unique orders and judgments, including hyperbole. Sometimes this took the form of humor aimed at the attorneys appearing before him
For additional information on this case, see the DoJ report: http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/pr/press_releases/2009/05/05-11-09kent-sentenced.pdf.



Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he’s the new editor for the House Conservatives Fund’s weblog. Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.

He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for TheConservativeVoice.Com and PHXnews.com. He’s also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc.

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About The Author Jim Kouri, CPP:
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.
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