JP admonished by state commission over remarks
Apr 09, 2012 (Houston Chronicle - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
J. Kent Adams, a Justice of the Peace in Spring, has been admonished for inappropriate comments made from the bench and to lawyers in his chambers, including a 2011 incident in which he asked a black mother "if she was on welfare and expected the government to pay her fine."
According to the public condemnation by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, Adams also asked a Hispanic parent, "if she had 6 or 7 kids," and told a Pakistani parent that her son should be "stoned to death."
A public admonishment is the lowest form of public punishment the commission can levy.
Adams, who has been the Precinct 4 Place 1 justice of the peace since 2001, did not immediately return a call for comment. It is unclear whether Adams is appealing the admonition which was handed down April 3.
In his response to the Commission's investigation, Adams did not deny what he said to the parents, but argued that his comments should be viewed in context.
"According to the judge, the inquiry of the African--American parent was to determine if she was indigent, and the question posed to the Hispanic parent was to determine if qualified for special service at MHMR," read the admonition.
Adams also said he knew the Pakistani parents were considering sending their son to live with an uncle in Pakistan and wanted to remind the boy that he is fortunate to live in the United States where being stoned to death is not a legal form of punishment.
The document was released Monday by attorney Henry Nguyen, who complained to the commission that the judge called him, "boy" and told him the school records he subpoenaed to defend his client were "none of his (expletive) business."
The judge also was admonished for what he said to Nguyen.
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