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House Proceeding 06-19-09 on Jun 19th, 2009 :: 0:12:15 to 0:21:55
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Adam B. Schiff

0:12:11 to 0:12:33( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: . mr. schiff: i thank the gentleman and appreciate the great leadership of the chairman of the jud today we find ourselves in a regrettable circumstance where we must act to remove a federal judge from the bench. the task before us is not one we welcome, but it is an important responsibility that has been entrusted to us by the founders

Adam B. Schiff

0:12:15 to 0:21:55( Edit History Discussion )
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Adam B. Schiff

0:12:34 to 0:12:54( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: and one which we must not shrink from. we have been fortunate to have a distinguished judiciary that served as an essential and co-equal branch of our government. we owe a great deal to the positive, thoughtful and vital role played by t nation's judges. to insulate members of the bench and ensure that judges are free

Adam B. Schiff

0:12:55 to 0:13:16( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: to determine the justice of the cases before them on the basis of the law alone and no outside influence, federal judges are appointed for life. unlike elected officials who may be removed periodically by the voters or serve a term that comes to an end. the founding fathers provided only one extraordinary method of removing a federal judge, that of impeachment.

Adam B. Schiff

0:13:17 to 0:13:37( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: the president cannot remove a judge he has appointed and the courts cannot. conviction of a federal or state offense is powerful to remove a judge from office. only the congress may remove a judge and only then by impeachment of the house and conviction in the senate for treason, bribery or other high

Adam B. Schiff

0:13:38 to 0:13:58( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: crimes and misdemeanors justifying their removal. because we have been blessed by an extraordinary judiciary and because the bar for removal is high, the extraordinary remedy of impeachment of a federal judge has been used only 13 times in the nation's history, but the matter befor warrants its use once again. last month, the house judiciary task force on judicial

Adam B. Schiff

0:13:59 to 0:14:19( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: impeachment was directed to inquire whether judge kent should be impeached. as the chairman, i would like to report on our work and provide the members of the house of the facts. as the task force we were served by the capable ranking member by virginia, bob goodlatte and worked to proceed in a fair,

Adam B. Schiff

0:14:20 to 0:14:40( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: open and deliberate matter and done so in a bipartisan, really nonpartisan basis. samuel kent was appointed in 1990 and served in the galveston courthouse in the southern district of texas. he was the sole judicial officer in the courthouse and imposing figure who exercised a substantial deee of influence

Adam B. Schiff

0:14:41 to 0:15:03( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: and control both inside and outside of the courtroom. at some point in 2001, judge began sexually assaulting two women employees who served in the courthouse. these assaults occurred through may of 2007, when one of the victims filed a judicial misconduct complaint with the

Adam B. Schiff

0:15:04 to 0:15:25( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: fivert circuit court of appeals. in response the judicial council of that circuit appointed a special investigative committee to investigate the complaint. onune 8, 2007, judge kent, pursuant to his own request was interviewed by the special investigative committee of that circuit. they sought to learn from judge kent whether he engaged in

Adam B. Schiff

0:15:26 to 0:15:46( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: unwanted sexual contact. judge kent made material and false states about the extent of his contact with ms. mcbroom. he also told the investigative committee that once he was informed -- he was questioned about another female employee in the courthouse, his sec donna wilkerson and told the

Adam B. Schiff

0:15:47 to 0:16:07( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: investigative committee that once ms. wilkerson informed him his advances were unwelcomed, no further sexual contact occurred when in fact heontinued his sexual contacts with ms. mcbroom and ms. wilkerson. the department of justice commenced a criminal investigation relating to the

Adam B. Schiff

0:16:08 to 0:16:29( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: judge's conduct as well. in november, 2007, judge kent was asked and granted an interview with the f.b.i. during an interview he requested, he was asked about his alleged conduct and false statements he had made to the fifth circuit. in august, 2008, he asked for a meeting at the department of justice and he sat down with his

Adam B. Schiff

0:16:30 to 0:16:50( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: attorney and f.b.i. agent and representatives of the department of justice. and again, judge kent made material and false statements about the nature and extent of his nonconsensual sexual contact with ms. mcbroom and ms. wilkerson. worried about losing her job, ms. wilkerson was not initially

Adam B. Schiff

0:16:51 to 0:17:11( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: candid when questioned about judge kent's conduct towards her. it was not only her third grand jury appearance that she was willing to reveal the sexual assaults she endured. on august 28, the federal grand jury returned a multicount indictment against judge kent.

Adam B. Schiff

0:17:12 to 0:17:32( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: and on january 6, a grand jury issued a superseding indictment against judge kent alleging counts of sexual abuse as well as obstruction of justice and abuse of sexual contact. on february 23, the day his criminal trial was set to begin, judge kent pled guilty to

Adam B. Schiff

0:17:33 to 0:17:54( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: obstruction of justice. pursuant to the plea agreement, he knowingly and admitted to having sexual contact with both women and obstructing justice in his testimony before the investigative committee. on may 11, judge kent was sent todd 33 months in prison and ordered to pay fines and restitution.

Adam B. Schiff

0:17:55 to 0:18:15( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: judge kent began his term of incarceration on june 15, this past monday. the day after sentencing, the house of representatives directed the judiciary committee investigative task force to inquire whether judge kent should be impeached and the committee received testimony from ms. mcbroom, ms. wilkerson and a judicial impeachment

Adam B. Schiff

0:18:16 to 0:18:36( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: scholar. the professor provided expert testimony that concluded that making false statements as well as abusing his power as a federal judge to sexually assault women were independent kent's impeachment and removing from office. the task force invited judge

Adam B. Schiff

0:18:37 to 0:18:57( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: kent to testify, but he declin we received correspondence that was made available to all members. the sk force invited judge kent's counsel to present arguments on behalf of his client and provide the opportunity to question any of the witnesses and judge kent counsel declined to appear or participate.

Adam B. Schiff

0:18:58 to 0:19:19( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: subsequently, judge kent counsel sent a letter questioning the veracity of the women and making the admission that their testimony was unnecessary because judge ke to the felony obstruction presents sufficient grounds for impeachment. the task force received a letter from judge kent to the white

Adam B. Schiff

0:19:20 to 0:19:40( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: house dated june 2, stating his intention to resign june 1, a year from now. this doesn't affect his current status as a federal judge and whether impeachment is warranted. our proceeding does not nstitute a trial. as the constitutional power to try impeachment resides in the

Adam B. Schiff

0:19:41 to 0:20:02( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: senate. the house has rose to inquire whether the judge's conduct provides a sufficient basis for impeachment. according to leading commem tateors and precedent, there are two broad categories of conduct that justify impeachment, serious abuse of power and conduct that demonstrates that an official is unworthy to fill

Adam B. Schiff

0:20:03 to 0:20:23( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: the office that he or she holds. earlier this month, the judicial conference of the united states transmitted the certificates of the house certifying its determination that consideration of impeachment of judge kent may be war after concluding that the full record establishes that judge kent should be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors,

Adam B. Schiff

0:20:24 to 0:20:44( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: the judiciary task force voted unanimously in recommending four articles of impeachment. on june 10, the house judiciary committee ordered h. res. 520 favorably reported by roll call of 29-0. judge kent, incident to his position as a u.s. district judge, engaged in deplorable

Adam B. Schiff

0:20:45 to 0:21:06( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: conduct with respect to employees. such conduct is incompable with the trust and confidences placed in him as a judge. judge kent sexually assaulted two employees of the court. he corruptly obstructed, influenceed an official

Adam B. Schiff

0:21:07 to 0:21:29( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: proceeding by making false statements to the fifth circuit and making false and material statements to the agents of f.b.i. and department of justice. these acts of sexual assault and obstruction of justicer as the stated, a stain on the justice itself. with the house of representatives to sit by and

Adam B. Schiff

0:21:30 to 0:21:50( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: let the judge sit in prison while holding the office, it would be a stain on the congress as well. judge kent conduct was a disgrace to the bench, that he would still cling to the bench from the confines of his prison cell and asked the public whose trust he has already betrayed to continue paying his sala demonstrate how little regard he

Adam B. Schiff

0:21:51 to 0:21:56( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: has for the institution he was supposed to serve. i urge the house to approve each of the four articles of

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