Atlanta judge to plead guilty to some drug, gun charges

Jack T. Camp: Senior U.S. District Judge faces drug and gun charges after a stripper claimed he used cocaine with her.

ATLANTA --- A veteran federal judge who was arrested after authorities said he tried to buy cocaine and other drugs to use with a stripper is expected to plead guilty today in Atlanta to some of the charges he faces.


Senior Judge Jack T. Camp, who was arrested in October, plans to plead guilty to some of the charges at a hearing in U.S. District Court, said his attorney Bill Morrison. The attorney declined to disclose which of the charges Camp will plead guilty to. He also would not say whether Camp will step down.

The charges against Camp, 67, who is married with two grown children, were laid out in a shocking eight-page affidavit released days after his Oct. 1 arrest. The judge faces four drug-related charges and one count of possessing firearms while illegally using drugs.

Authorities say a stripper, who previously had a felony drug trafficking conviction, had been secretly working with the FBI since the spring to build a case against the judge. In exchange, prosecutors vowed not to charge her.

Camp's relationship with the dancer, who was only identified as CI-1 in the documents, appears to have begun earlier this year when he received a lap dance from her at an Atlanta strip club, according to the affidavit. Authorities say he returned to the Goldrush Showbar for more dances the next day -- and added sex and cocaine to his tab.

The relationship unraveled in October. The dancer asked Camp to follow her to a parking lot to meet a drug dealer. Camp gave the stripper $160 to buy the drugs from an undercover officer.

Within 10 minutes, FBI agents swarmed the judge's car when he drove to a nearby night club. They recovered the plastic bag containing blue pills and a white substance, along with two guns from his front seat.

Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan from the District of Columbia, was assigned the case because other judges have recused themselves.

It's unclear whether any of the decisions Camp made while he was being investigated will be revisited, but several attorneys have filed appeals or signaled they would do so.