NOW Asks Congress to Investigate U.S. District Court Judge Samuel Kent

If he’s found to have committed sexual harassment himself, one can reasonably conclude that he does not consider that a serious issue.

— Kim Gandy, President of the National Organization of Women

The National Organization of Women said Monday it was asking Congress to investigate whether U.S. District Judge Samuel B. Kent should be impeached and removed from the bench.

Kent’s reprimand made him unfit, especially when it comes to hearing sexual harassment cases, Kim Gandy, president of the half-million member organization, said in an interview from Washington, D.C.

On October 31, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) formally requested that the House Judiciary Committee open an investigative file on U.S. District Judge Samuel B. Kent, of Galveston, Texas, regarding sexual harassment complaints. Kent was reprimanded by and suspended from the bench by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on September 28, 2007, but that suspension ends on January 1, 2008.

The National Organization for Women (NOW) applauds Congresswoman Jackson Lee for taking this crucial step, noting as a member of the Judiciary Committee that it is their "obligation as Members of the U.S. Congress to do all in our power to prevent all forms of sexual harassment, especially in the judicial arena, which is entrusted to administer these very laws which have allegedly been violated and over which we have oversight."