Ex-judge gets 30 days in prison

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ATLANTA --- A former federal judge who was involved in a scandal involving drugs, guns and a stripper was sentenced Friday to 30 days in prison by a visiting jurist who told him he shamed the profession.

Jack T. Camp: Former federal judge pleaded guilty last November to drug related charges, including a felony count.   Associated Press
Associated Press
Jack T. Camp: Former federal judge pleaded guilty last November to drug related charges, including a felony count.


Former U.S. District Senior Judge Jack Camp had asked that he be sentenced to community service and probation after he pleaded guilty to charges of using drugs with the stripper and giving her an $825 government laptop.

Prosecutors said he should serve between 15 days and six months to repay his debt to society.

In the end, Judge Thomas Hogan, a Washington judge flown in to hear the case, said he understood Camp has been forever humiliated and "has a scarlet letter chiseled on his forehead the rest of his life." But he said he couldn't get around the serious misconduct of a high-ranking official.

"He has disgraced his position and himself and denigrated his office," Hogan said. "I could not only give him a sentence of probation and spare him confinement."

Camp's attorneys said in documents that his decades-long battle with depression and a bicycling accident in 2000 caused brain damage that led him to use drugs and start seeing the stripper in May 2000.

But the former judge said at the sentencing hearing that his struggles don't excuse the conduct.

"I understand that I have brought it on myself and I am committed to overcome that stigma. I want to pay the debt that I owe and rebuild my reputation," said Camp, who was also ordered to serve one year of probation, pay $1,000 and complete 400 hours of community service.

He added: "The only thing I can say is that I'm so very sorry."

Prosecutors said there was no denying Camp was a community leader, a family man and a respected jurist before he struck up the relationship with the stripper. But they said he owed a debt to society for conduct that put the integrity of the federal courts at stake.

"Mr. Camp engaged in repeated criminal conduct over four months. This was not a one-time thing," said prosecutor Deborah Mayer. "This was not a one-time lapse in impulse control."

Camp, who is married with two adult children, is a Vietnam War veteran who was appointed to the bench by Ronald Reagan in 1987.

After he started seeing the stripper, prosecutors say he soon began paying her for sex and using drugs with her.

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Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 03/11/11 - 04:40 pm
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"Brain damage" will do it

"Brain damage" will do it every time

usapatriot
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usapatriot 03/11/11 - 04:54 pm
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What is the relevance of

What is the relevance of "stripper"?

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 03/11/11 - 04:56 pm
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Wow! Eleven years of brain
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Wow! Eleven years of brain damage on the bench.

concernmom
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concernmom 03/11/11 - 05:28 pm
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Wow is right! He made serious

Wow is right! He made serious decisions concerning a person's life? totally scary!!!!

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/11/11 - 05:39 pm
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! Not nearly long enough!!

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Not nearly long enough!!

bree026
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bree026 03/11/11 - 07:11 pm
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@ scooby.. LOL

@ scooby.. LOL

corgimom
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corgimom 03/11/11 - 08:00 pm
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You'd have to have brain

You'd have to have brain damage to take up with one of those disease-ridden "dancers putting themselves through college", alright.

Ole School
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Ole School 03/11/11 - 08:13 pm
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hey this sounds like a little

hey this sounds like a little snippet from Saturday Night Live , Remember the Habitual Liar ? YEAH , YEAH , THAT`S THE TICKET it was brain damage YEAH YEAH ......

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mable8 03/12/11 - 08:05 pm
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Must be nice to be a person

Must be nice to be a person who held an honorable position, committed criminal acts, and gets a slap on the wrists with an admonishment "now go on with your life and behave yourself." Anyone else would have had the book tossed at his/her head and gotten 3 years plus probation instead of 30 days with probation.

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