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buy canada goose jacket It’s hard to know the extent of sexual harassment in federal courts. But federal judges themselves have been formally accused of sexual misconduct before. district judge for the Southern District of Texas, pleaded guilty canada goose jacket outlet toronto in 2009 to lying to investigators who were looking into whether he sexually abused court employees. In 2009, Kent who was reportedly known to boast»I am the government» was sentenced to prison and later impeached. District Court for the Western District of Texas, asked her to come into his office, where he put his arms around her, kissed her and said, «Let me make love to you.» She said she «just panicked. I was like, how am I going to get out of here without making him angry?» She said she was told Smith had canada goose outlet store uk a reputation for «pushing himself on whoever he wanted.» buy canada goose jacket

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