By Juan A. Lozano - Associated Press writer
Kent will join the handful of U.S. federal judges who have taken part in a trial as a defendant, and the first charged with a sex crime.
Jury selection is set to begin today. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
A gag order in the case prevents prosecutors, defense attorneys and others connected to the case from commenting.
“Judge Kent believes his conduct with both of the (women) was mutual and consensual,” DeGuerin said.
DeGuerin has said Kent and his secretary were involved in a longtime affair and that she is one of his “staunchest supporters.” DeGuerin said Kent didn't mention the incident to the judicial council out of the concern a “gentleman” would have for keeping the affair a secret.
If convicted, Kent, an appointee of President George H.W. Bush, would likely face impeachment by Congress.