Galveston federal judge seat moved to McAllen

July 9, 2009 4:40:28 PM PDT
The federal judge's slot in Galveston, once held by former Judge Samuel Kent, is being moved. The Southern District of Texas is moving the state's oldest federal bench to McAllen, to help with cases along the U.S. border. Six U.S. congressmen from Texas will send President Barack Obama a list of candidates to fill the position.

Kent last month began serving a 33-month federal prison term for lying about sexually assaulting two female co-workers. Kent was impeached by the House and resigned last month.

The Galveston County Bar Association had lobbied to keep the federal judge's position in Galveston, but now cases filed in Galveston will be heard by Houston judges.

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