U.S. District Court Judge Samuel Kent Case Judge Enforces Gag Order

Citing a small handful of news stories to support his decision, U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson took a big step and issued a gag order in the criminal case of a Houston federal judge.

Vinson, a senior district judge from Pensacola, was assigned Sept. 5 to preside over the sexual abuse case of U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent of the Southern District of Texas-Houston Division. As soon as he received the case, Vinson's first action was to issue a gag order to stop what he claims is the parties' "willingness to 'try this case in the press."