U.S. District Judge Samuel B. Kent, who faces trial on Jan. 26 in Houston on three federal criminal charges, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to three additional charges just hours after they were lodged against him in a superseding indictment. After Kent pleaded not guilty before 5th Circuit Judge Edward Prado, prosecutors from the DOJ asked the judge to consider two issues at sidebar. Kent's defense attorney objected, but Prado overruled him and had the courtroom cleared for the 55-minute hearing.
Federal Judge Pleads Not Guilty to New Criminal Charges
January 8, 2009