U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Admonishes Judge Samuel B. Kent for Sexual Harassment of a Judiciary Employee:

Here’s the order, which is short on details, but which does say that Judge Kent’s actions “violated the mandates of the Canons of the Code of Conduct for United States Judges and are deemed prejudicial to the effective and expeditious administration of the business of the courts and the administration of justice.” The details of the complaint are apparently to remain confidential.

The “appropriate remedial action” for the judge has apparently been a four-month leave of absence from the bench, plus unspecified “other measures.” Recall that federal judges are generally protected from most job-related penalties, short of impeachment by the House and conviction by the Senate.