The terms of former federal judge Samuel Kent's abrupt retirement following his guilty plea Feb. 23 to obstructing an internal investigation of sexual contact with a former courtroom deputy, remains shrouded in secrecy. Kent, who is 59, is not eligible for retirement under judiciary rules, which require a judge to be 65 and have at least 15 years service to retire. His only other option would be a disability retirement, which requires 5th Circuit Chief Judge Edith Jones to certify he is disabled and notify the president.
Kent's abrupt retirement shrouded in mystery
The National Law Journal
February 25, 2009
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