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Ex-federal judge faces tough time behind bars

By Ed O'Keefe

Allan Lengel reports at that a lawyer for former federal judge Samuel Kent filed a motion in U.S. district court in Houston today asking that Kent be resentenced. The motion also alleges widespread abuse by the Bureau of Prisons.

Writes Lengel:

To be sure, inmate complaints of prison conditions — some legitimate and some not — are commonplace and can be found in any number of lawsuits around the country. But what makes this all the more unusual — and ironic — is that they are coming from an ex-federal judge who had been so much a part of the system for so long.
“It’s an old saw that the Bureau of Prisons hates lawyers and judges,” DeGuerin told AOL News. “They resent any attempt to intervene with what they see as their God-given omnipotence when it comes to people in prison. They basically thumbed their nose” at the sentencing judge, who recommended Kent undergo treatment for substance abuse.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | August 9, 2010; 3:30 PM ET
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