Ex-judge says prison unfair, ‘cruel’ to him

Posted: August 8th, 2010 by Gadget42

Mili Note: Waahhh Waaa  Waaahhhh  Boo Hooo I’m sure we all feel sorry for the judge who got busted and now has to spend his prison time without special treatment.  Let’s double his sentence and put him in with the general prison population so he can find out what life is really like on the other side of the dais.

by Lise Olsen, Chron

As a prisoner, former U.S. District Judge Samuel B. Kent has been shunted into solitary confinement, forced to hear the screams of another inmate being raped and ordered by a “cruel” sergeant in the Florida prison system to do calisthenics in the nude, according to allegations in a federal court memorandum filed Tuesday.

Kent has requested that his 33-month sentence be vacated and adjusted based on his allegations of inhumane and unfair treatment.

The former Galveston-based federal judge was impeached by Congress and resigned in June 2009 after being convicted of obstruction of justice. He admitted in a related plea deal that he lied about having repeated unwelcome sexual contact with two female court employees.

In legal action this week, Kent argues he has been unjustly labeled a sex offender by the federal Bureau of Prisons and wrongly excluded from a substance abuse treatment program that could have reduced his sentence by as much as a year. The court filings argue that U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson, a senior judge from Florida, also believed Kent would be treated more fairly and would qualify for the program at the time of sentencing.

Instead, Kent says he has been transferred from prison to prison without explanation, at times prevented from communicating his whereabouts with his wife or his attorney and forced to spend long stints in solitary — once for 43 consecutive days. He’s now assigned to an unnamed maximum security facility in the Florida state prison system, where the alleged mistreatment only worsened, Kent’s attorney Dick DeGuerin said. The BOP inmate website doesn’t disclose Kent’s current location.

DeGuerin likened Kent’s treatment to “torture.”

Attorneys for both of Kent’s victims had no immediate comment on the judge’s request for reconsideration of his sentence.

Says cell was cold, filthy

In the criminal prosecution and in congressional testimony, Kent was accused of repeatedly groping his former case manager both on and under her clothing and once attempting to force her to perform oral sex. He also was accused of forcing caresses on his secretary and of performing unwanted digital and oral sex on her.

In court papers, Kent alleges his mistreatment as a prisoner began in June 2009 – the very day he resigned as a judge. At that time, Kent was assigned to the Deven Federal Prison, a medical evaluation facility in the U.S. Bureau of Prisons system in Massachusetts.

Kent resigned days after becoming the 14th judge in U.S. history to be impeached by a vote of the U.S. House of Representatives. The resignation allowed him to avoid removal from the bench through a full U.S. Senate trial.

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