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Sex Judge's Paranoid Fantasy

By John Nova Lomax

WikiLeaks has released the first few hundred of what promise to be 5 million e-mails belonging to Austin-based global security think tank Stratfor.

One concerns not one but two Houston-area shit magnets, one formerly high-powered and one still very much high-powered: Halliburton and disgraced former U.S. District court judge Samuel Kent.

Judge Kent, you'll remember, was imprisoned in early 2009 for 33 months and impeached after he was found to have lied to investigators in regards to two cases of sexual abuse of office underlings. The investigation into Kent's sex abuse began in 2007.

Just before he went to prison, Judge Kent went out with Lauren Goodrich, Stratfor's director of analysis and senior Eurasia analyst. According to Goodrich's leaked account, Kent said his downfall came about at the hands of Halliburton and their friends in very high places.

I had lunch yesterday in Houston with former-Federal Judge Sam Kent (the first Federal Judge found guilty of serious crimes in the US) and he told me why he thinks he was prosecuted.

For those who haven't followed this, he was found guilty on perjury & sexual misconduct. Yes, he slept with those two women, but it was consensual. Actually, they were old affairs and long over.

What Sam said was that "isn't is strange that the Justice Department begins sniffing around for dirt to throw at me just weeks after I ruled a heavy case against Halliburton. Then a small set of affairs turn into an untrue situation and then spun up into an unprecedented case against a Federal Judge."

Of course, I told him he was nuts to rule anything against Halliburton. I also told him that this sounds like a John Grisham plotline.

What was that "heavy case" Kent referred to? And what's crazier? Kent's conspiracy theory or ruling against Halliburton with Bush and Cheney in power?

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