H.Res. 520: Impeaching Samuel B. Kent, judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, for high crimes and misdemeanors

H.Res. 520

Impeaching Samuel B. Kent, judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, for high crimes and misdemeanors

Sponsor
Rep. John Conyers Jr.

Date
June 19, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Sarah Makin

Floor Situation

H.Res. 520 is being considered on the floor as a privileged resolution, and will be debated for two hours.  This legislation was introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) on June 9, 2009. 

Bill Summary

H.Res. 520 resolves that Samuel B. Kent, a judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, is impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors.  

Background

Samuel B. Kent is being impeached for having sexually assaulted two employees of the Office of the Clerk of the Court, and lying to a panel of judicial investigators as well as lying to Department of Justice attorneys and the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his conduct after both women made statements to the contrary. 

Judge Kent was indicted and pled guilty and was sentenced to imprisonment for the felony of obstruction of justice in violation of section 1512(c)(2) of title 18, United States Code, on the basis of false statements made to the Committee.  The sentencing judge described his conduct as "a stain on the justice system itself."

Judge Kent entered the Devens Federal Medical Center in Massachusetts Monday to begin serving a 33-month sentence.  He pleaded guilty last month to lying to judicial investigators about the sexual attacks, but has refused to resign.  If the House approves this measure, then the Senate can begin an impeachment trial.