Federal judge Samuel Kent has been sentenced to 33 months for obstruction of justice for lying to a judicial committee investigating allegations that he sexually harassed an employee. Kent, who was viewed as a harsh sentencer for criminal defendants, avoided a maximum sentence of 20 years. One of the alleged victims referred to him as a “drunken giant.”
In his sentencing before Senior U.S. District Judge Roger, an apologetic Kent, 59, stated “I submit myself humbly to you.”
The alleged victims secretary Donna Wilkerson and former case manager Cathy McBroom were allowed to make impassioned statements. Wilkerson said “He always said he hated bullies. How sad that he is the biggest bully of them all.” McBroom lashed out at Kent for once saying that their relationship was a consensual” “Being molested and groped by a drunken giant is not my idea of an affair.”
Kent still is yet to resign and has continued to pull his $174,000 a year salary. Kent’s apology does not seem to include sufficient regret to resign from a judicial post.
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