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Resource ID: #29087
Subject: Sexual Assault
Source: Lise Olsen
Affiliation: The Texas Observer, Beacon Press
Date: 2021-10-28



The author’s original investigations of this case for the Houston Chronicle exposed for the first time the allegations of repeated sexual assault that a federal court employee had made in a confidential misconduct complaint against a federal judge. The story and later a series prompted calls for the criminal investigation of US District Judge, Samuel B. Kent, who later became the first federal judge in US history to be prosecuted and impeached for sex crimes. The book goes further. It exposes how federal judges often protect each other via secret insider reviews of judicial misconduct complaints. It reveals a pattern of cover-ups or of ignoring complaints that preceded Kent’s eventual prosecution. And it exposes how other court employees – and attorneys – all around the United States faced similar obstacles in their efforts to expose and address sexual misconduct by federal jurists in states like California, Colorado, Kansas and Washington, D.C. The book provides substantial proof that judges – despite Justice Roberts’ statements to the contrary – have not been good at investigating each other and provides support for ongoing reform efforts by the nonprofit Fix the Court and others.

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