Probe of Judge Now Looking At Gifts, Home Sale

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) - A probe of a federal judge being investigated for
sexual harassment is now being extended.
It's now looking into whether U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent
accepted gifts without reporting them. And if rules were violated
in a home sale deal arranged by a lawyer with dozens of cases in
his court.
The Justice Department began investigating Kent last year after
a female employee accused him of repeatedly harassing her over four
years.
The Houston Chronicle reports several prominent attorneys have
been subpoenaed before a Houston grand jury involving other
allegations of judicial misconduct since them.
Kent's attorney, Dick DeGuerin, said the house deal was
legitimate and that the judge has done nothing improper or illegal.
DeGuerin also has called any alleged sexual contact between Kent
and his former case manager, Cathy McBroom, "enthusiastically
consensual."
The Judicial Council of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
reprimanded Kent in September. He was also reassigned from
Galveston to Houston.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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