Thursday, June 11, 2009

Judiciary Committee Recomends Impeachment for Kent

The saga of Judge Samuel Kent continues. The House Judiciary Committee voted 29-0 to approve four articles of impeachment against U.S. District Court Judge Samuel Kent. We first reported about Judge Kent on February 23, 2009. At that time we reported that Judge Kent was being charged criminally with fondling 2 female employees. His case was notable because it represented one of the few times that a sitting federal judge was facing trial on criminal charges. The next day. on February 24, 2009, we reported that the trial was averted when Judge Kent entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors in which he agreed to plead guilty to one count of obstruction of justice. On May 12, 2009, we reported that Judge Kent was sentenced to 33 months in prison for obstruction of justice. And last week, on June 4, 2009, we reported that Judge Kent sent a letter of resignation to President Barack Obama effective in one year. This one year delay allows Judge Kent to continue to receive his salary and health insurance benefits.

The articles of impeachment approved by the House Judiciary Committee means that the matter is now going to the full House for a vote by all the members of the U.S. House of Representatives. If the House votes to impeach Judge Kent, it would be the first such act in 20 years.

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