Judge Samuel Kent: I Obstructed Justice In A Sex-Offense Case, But I'm No Sex Offender
U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent, currently imprisoned in Florida, is asking a federal court to overturn his sentence because, he says, the court treated him as a sex offender.
He also complains about losing sleep because a guy was being violently raped in the next cell.
"All sexual allegations against Sam Kent were dismissed by the prosecutor...Sam Kent pled guilty to Obstruction of Justice, a non-sexual offense," the court document reads.
The charges were dropped as part of a plea bargain to settle a case involving charges Kent, a federal judge in Galveston, sexually harassed and assaulted females on his staff.
Persons who are convicted of obstruction of justice, Kent argues, are usually sent to minimum-security prisons. Instead, he says; the feds have "subjected [him] to substantial time in solitary confinement."
"Contrary to the public interest," the motion says, "the Federal Bureau of Prisons has subjected Sam Kent to abusive psychological and physical conditions that have jeopardized his ongoing recovery from depression and alcoholism."
Hmmm..."Abusive psychological and physical conditions"? Sounds like Sam Kent's courthouse office.
The motion includes some details:
On the day Sam kent resigned his position as U.S. District Judge, BOP [Bureau of Prisons] staff locked Sam Kent -- wearing only a smock and carrying only a single sheet -- in a filthy, completely empty cell where the temperature was kept at 60 degrees.
In Florida during a transfer, he says, state guards "forced Sam Kent to strip naked and perform a painful and repetitive series of humiliating exercises." One guard also "cruelly ridcule[d]" Kent about his wedding ring.
Once he reached his cell, "he was forced to try to sleep the first night helplessly listening to the continuous screams of a man being violently raped in the next cell."
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Houston Press' biggest stories.
- Cougars Easily Dismantle Navy, Win 52-31
- Legendary UH Coach Guy V. Lewis Dies at Age 93
- Saints-Texans — Four Things to Watch For