H.Res. XX: Instructing Managers in the Impeachment of Judge Kent to advise the Senate that the House does not desire further to urge the articles of impeachment

H.Res. XX

Instructing Managers in the Impeachment of Judge Kent to advise the Senate that the House does not desire further to urge the articles of impeachment

Sponsor
Rep. John Conyers Jr.

Date
July 20, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

The House is scheduled to consider H.Res. XXX under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H.Res. XXX was introduced on July 20, 2009, by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI).

Bill Summary

This resolution instructs the House Managers to communicate to the Senate that the House of Representatives no longer urges the articles of impeachment against former Judge Samuel B. Kent.

Background

In 2008, former U.S. District Court Judge Samuel B. Kent pled guilty to the charge of obstruction of justice relating to making a false statement to a committee appointed to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against him. Judge Kent subsequently was sentenced to 33 months in prison.

On June 2, 2009, Judge Kent submitted a letter of resignation to the President which noted that his resignation would be effective on June 1, 2010. Although already in prison, he would have continued to collect his salary and benefits until June 1, 2010, if he did not resign on an earlier date or was not impeached and removed from office.

The House voted to impeach him on June 19, 2009, on four articles of impeachment related to sexually assaulting two court employees and making false statements about the assaults. Judge Kent later resubmitted his resignation, effective on June 30, 2009, which was accepted by the President, thus negating the need for further impeachment proceedings.