A veteran Texas federal judge's integrity was on full display in the courtroom as he transformed into a brash prosecutor armed with the letter of the law, and an obsession with FBI informants
The October 27, 2022, transcript of United States Southern District of Texas Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt’s courtroom read like he was visibly perturbed from the outset. His tone was palpable throughout, comingled with either disinterest or vendetta, rearing its head in each of the judge’s one-sided rebukes.
Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt is a 34-year veteran of the United States Southern District of Texas, appointed in 1987 by Ronald Reagan, and subsequently confirmed and commissioned April 1, 1988. Hoyt was the second African-American federal judge in the state of Texas. He assumed senior status on March 2, 2013.
This particular hearing in Konnech v. True The Vote, a federal civil defamation case, was in regards to a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) filed and ordered ex parte against True The Vote in September.
Ex parte is legal jargon that means the defendants were not present, likely unaware of the claims and the evidence against them, nor able to present a defense to any of the claims or evidence.