Two Federal Judges — Kent and Porteous — in Fifth Circuit Face Possible Impeachment

The Fifth Circuit is on the brink of making history, just not the type of history that anyone would want.  Two district court judges — Samuel Kent and Thomas Porteous — are facing calls for impeachment.  Both cases now appear quite serious and worsening by the day. 

First, there is Samuel Kent. Kent is facing possible criminal charges and impeachment after accusations of sexual harassment and assault. He is under investigation by the Justice Department. Now, the 5th Circuit Judicial Council has decided to defer taking any further disciplinary action against Judge Samuel Kent for at least 90 days while the criminal investigation moves forward. For that story, click hereKent was suspended from the bench and reprimanded by the 5th Judicial Circuit after McBroom, his case manager, in May filed a formal complaint against him.She complained that on a Friday afternoon in March, Kent called her into his office, pushed up her shirt and bra, put his mouth on her breast and tried to force her head into his crotch, her mother and her attorney have said.

Now there is the sad case of Judge Porteous. The same Judicial Council of the Fifth Circuit looking at Kent has concluded that there is sufficient evidence to impeach Porteous for lying in bankruptcy court, accepting gifts from lawyers with cases before him, and other misconduct. The Council found that Porteous “has engaged in conduct which might constitute one or more grounds for impeachment.”

The finding will now go to the Judicial Conference of the United States headed by Chief Justice John Roberts to decide whether to refer the case to Congress. If Porteous is smart, he will resign rather than become the 14th judge to be impeached in the United States. Ironically, his case would be reviewed by one of those impeached jurists: Alcee L. Hastings of Florida. Hastings went on to become a member of Congress and has proven quite effective in this role.

For the Porteous story, click here

4 thoughts on “Two Federal Judges — Kent and Porteous — in Fifth Circuit Face Possible Impeachment”

  1. subject: NEW ORLEANS’ JUDICIAL CORRUPTION, Foreclosure Fraud, Freddie Mac, Wells Fargo, Federal Court, etc.

    POSTED ON MY WEBSITE is additional information about New Orleans Federal Judge Thomas Porteous, whose impeachment was finally called for on yesterday. As evident from the diverse comments on blogs, apparently too many people know about Porteous’ conduct to keep things hushed up any longer. Yet, Prima Facie facts about the New Orleans federal court system shows that Porteous is not the only current stink in the Louisiana camp.

    FREDDIE MAC and WELLS FARGO needlessly pays Louisiana DEBT COLLECTORS to outmaneuver, and even persecute people who file court proceedings in opposition to fraudulent collections and foreclosures. In fact, any representation to Wall Street Investors by FREDDIE MAC or by WELLS FARGO that its reported $$$ billion dollar losses due to people defaulting on their mortgages should be weighed against that MANIFEST fact –as proven by court records, transcript excerpts, etc., posted on the Law & Grace website. Also, in lawsuits for “Unfair Debt Collection” damages, debt collectors along with co-conspirators get to make even more $$ from litigation, and enjoy pieces of the foreclosure fraud pie, but INVESTORS get zero.

    Collectors’ WHITE COLLAR Crimes of FORECLOSURE FRAUD enables MORTGAGE LENDERS to ILLEGALLY FLIP properties. In Louisiana, it is HIGHLY COMMON for a DEBT COLLECTOR attorney to file a foreclosure: (i) in the name of a DEFUNCT mortgage company;(ii) in the name of a mortgage company which is NO LONGER holder of the security interest (the promissory note); or (iii) file a foreclosure and AFFIX a “ransom” amount (the collector’s fee) far exceeding what the promissory note “Acceleration Clause” authorizes. (Such a misrepresentation makes a world of difference in situations of bankruptcy such as “secured” or “unsecured” ranking.)

    Despite a property owner’s entitlement to Challenge CONTRARY-TO-LAW loss of his / her home, most property owners LACK legal knowledge; the Court System is REFRACTORY; and there are limited attorneys with Consumer Law acumen.

    Facts, court documents, records, transcripts and more which PROVES unlawful real estate acquisitions; and which proves New Orleans Federal courts’ consistent issuance of rulings that UNJUSTLY favor, as well as further unlawful real estate acquisitions; and which prove JUDICIAL TYRANNY are posted at

    Barbara Ann Jackson (Katrina displaced from New Orleans)

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