Thursday, June 4, 2009

Federal Judge Resigns Effective In One Year

The saga of convicted U.S. District Court Judge Samuel Kent continues. On May 12, 2009 we published what we thought would be our final post on his case. Today comes news that Judge Kent submitted his letter of resignation to President Barack Obama, effective in one year, in the midst of impeachment proceedings before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. In May of this year, Judge Kent plead guilty to lying to a judicial panel that was investigating sexual harassment allegations made by his former secretary. He was sentenced to 33 months in prison. The House of Representatives began impeachment proceedings to remove Judge Kent from the bench. By delaying his resignation, Judge Kent would receive his pay of $174,000 and full health insurance benefits. Once his resignation becomes effective, he will no longer receive his salary or health insurance benefits. A disciplinary judicial panel has already called for the impeachment of Kent. In spite of Kent's resignation, the House Judiciary Committee will continue with it's impeachment proceedings. If Judge Kent is impeached, he would be immediately removed from his position.

This time we are not going to promise that this is the last post we publish on Judge Kent's saga.

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