Samuel B. Kent

Judge

1949 –

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Who is Samuel B. Kent?

Samuel B. Kent is a former U.S District Court judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, who served in the single-judge Galveston Division covering Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, and Matagorda Counties. He was nominated by President George H.W. Bush on August 3, 1990, to a seat vacated by Hugh Gibson, confirmed by the United States Senate on September 28, 1990, and received his commission on October 1, 1990.

On May 11, 2009, Judge Kent was sentenced to 33 months in prison for lying to investigators about sexually abusing two female employees. Dick DeGuerin, Kent's attorney, said the judge would retire from the bench because of a disability, rather than resign, thereby enabling Kent to keep receiving his $169,300 annual salary for life. That did not satisfy the leaders of the House Judiciary Committee, Representatives John Conyers Jr., and Lamar Smith, who demanded that Kent resign immediately or face impeachment.

Judge Kent submitted his resignation on June 2, 2009, with the proviso that it would not take effect for a full year.

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Born
Jun 22, 1949
Denver
Also known as
  • Samuel Kent
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Texas School of Law

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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