On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent lost a motion to have his obstruction of justice charge dropped or moved to a different trial.
Today, he copped a plea and announced his intent to retire. According to the Wall Street Journal Law Blog:
The jurist pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of justice today and retired from the bench, avoiding a trial on several charges that he sexually abused two female employees….
“Judge Kent believes that this settlement is in the best interest of all involved,” his attorney, Dick DeGuerin, said after this morning’s hearing. “A trial would have been long, embarrassing and difficult for all involved.”
Long and difficult? Sounds about right.
Update: Read more about Judge Kent’s fate over here.
Breaking News: Judge Kent Cops Plea, Resigns [WSJ Law Blog]
Judge Kent accepts plea deal and retires from bench [Houston Chronicle]