Judicial Temperment
February 9, 2009, 8:58 am
Filed under: Ian

One of the nice things about being a federal judge is that you get to keep trying cases, even in the midst of your own criminal trial:

Kent is accused of lying about sexual contact with an employee to federal judges who investigated a misconduct complaint against him. Because Kent is accused of lying, it’s possible prosecutors would try to question him about other possible accusations of lies — accusations that would not become part of the record if Kent doesn’t testify at all.

In addition to the obstruction charge, Kent, who continues to hear civil cases in his court, faces three counts of abusive sexual contact, one count of attempted aggravated sexual abuse and one count of aggravated sexual abuse.

The allegations against Judge Kent are really quite shocking.  Kent allegedly called a court employee into his office, where he “pushed up her shirt and bra, put his mouth on her breast and tried to force her head into his crotch.”  Assuming he’s convicted, I’m sure Congress will impeach and remove him from office in short order, but in the mean time I can’t imagine having to try a case before this guy.


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Yeah, especially if you’re a woman. Would any such cases be subject to appeal automatically after conviction just on the basis of a proven sexual harasser dealing with a female counselor?

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