A North Harris County Justice of the Peace who is accused of making racist remarks is being reprimanded. One of those remarks was reportedly aimed at a lawyer who filed a motion for the judge to recuse himself.
According to documents, Judge J. Kent Adams has been publicly admonished by the State Commission based upon comments he reportedly made while presiding as judge. Houston attorney Henry Nguyen filed a complaint against Judge Adams with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.
Additional reports indicate that Nguyen put in a request to subpoena records for the case he had before the judge. According to Nguyen, Judge Adams told him that the records were “…none of your g****** business.'” Nguyen also reportedly stated that Judge Adams called his client a “a little brat nosed punk a** kid with a foul mouth and bad attitude.” In response to the comments Judge Adams made toward hiss client, Nguyen filed a complaint with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.
Documents indicate that Adams has now been publicly admonished by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. This is not the first time Adams’ statements made from the bench have been questioned. In 2011, Adams was reported after he allegedly asked a Black parent if she was receiving welfare. Judge Adams also reportedly asked a Hispanic parent if she had six or seven kids. While presiding over another case, the judge allegedly told a Pakistani mother her son should be “stoned to death.”
Further reports indicate that in response to the allegations, Judge Adams stated his comments have been taken out of context.
According to the Harris County Justice of the Peace Web site profiling Judge Adams, he “… was appointed by Harris County Commissioners Court on March 1, 2001, as the presiding judge of Harris County Justice of the Peace Court, Precinct Four, Position One.” The site also states that Adams was re-elected for a four-year term in March 2004 and re-elected without opposition in 2008.