House Judiciary Committee Votes Unanimously to Refer Articles of Impeachment on Judge Samuel Kent

If things keep moving along as they have this week, former federal judge Samuel Kent won't be earning his salary for much longer.

On June 9, a panel of the House Judiciary Committee took only 20 minutes to vote 10-0 to refer articles of impeachment on Kent to the full House Judiciary Committee. The Houston Chronicle reported that Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, and Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, were voting members of the panel.

A convicted felon continues to collect his salary. Tuesday, June 9, 2009 JUDGE Samuel B. Kent of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas was sentenced to 33 months in prison last month after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice for lying to officials investigating whether he sexually harassed female court employees. He entered the guilty plea on the eve of a trial on six counts, including several that alleged sexual abuse; if he had been convicted on all counts, he could have faced life behind bars.