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Passed House without amendment (06/19/2009)

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

Impeaches Samuel B. Kent, judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, for high crimes and misdemeanors.

Sets forth articles of impeachment.

Declares that, incident to his position as a U.S. district court judge, Samuel B. Kent engaged in conduct with respect to employees associated with the court that is incompatible with the trust and confidence placed in him as a judge.

Declares that Judge Kent, on one or more occasions, sexually assaulted Cathy McBroom and Donna Wilkerson by: (1) touching their private areas directly and through their clothing against their will; and (2) attempting to cause them to engage in sexual acts with him.

Declares that Judge Kent corruptly obstructed, influenced, or impeded an official proceeding relating to Ms. McBroom's complaint, and made false statements to a Fifth Circuit Special Investigative Committee about his unwanted sexual contact with Ms. Wilkerson.

States that Judge Kent was indicted and pled guilty and was sentenced to imprisonment for the felony of obstruction of justice on the basis of false statements made to the Committee.

Declares that Judge Kent made material false and misleading statements about the nature and extent of his nonconsensual sexual contact with Ms. McBroom and Ms. Wilkerson to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on or about November 30, 2007, and to FBI agents and representatives of the Department of Justice on or about August 11, 2008.

Declares that Judge Samuel B. Kent is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors and should be removed from office.