Judge faces drug charges

Informant, agent set up Camp for undercover bust

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ATLANTA --- A veteran federal judge faces drug and firearms charges after an exotic dancer at an Atlanta strip club told authorities he used cocaine, marijuana and other illegal drugs with her.

Jack T. Camp: Veteran judge was arrested on drugs and firearms charges after paying an undercover agent $160 for cocaine and pills.   Associated Press
Associated Press
Jack T. Camp: Veteran judge was arrested on drugs and firearms charges after paying an undercover agent $160 for cocaine and pills.

Senior U.S. District Judge Jack T. Camp was arrested Friday, minutes after he handed an undercover law enforcement agent $160 for cocaine and Roxycodone, a narcotic pain medication that he intended to use with the exotic dancer, authorities said in a court document released Monday. They said they also found two firearms in the front seat of his vehicle.

Camp, 67, who has presided over some high-profile cases, was released Monday on a $50,000 bond. His attorney, William Morrison, said after a brief hearing that the judge intends to plead not guilty. Morrison said Camp would probably take a leave of absence until the charges are resolved.

Camp's arrest set up an unusual domino effect in the federal courthouse. The district's federal judges all recused themselves, so Magistrate Judge Charles S. Coody of Alabama was brought in to hear the case. Federal prosecutors from Washington flew in to handle the government's arguments.

The charges against Camp were laid out in a shocking eight-page affidavit released after the emergency hearing was finished.

Camp met the confidential informant, who recently began cooperating with the FBI, at the Goldrush Showbar in Atlanta in early 2010, and he soon began paying her for sex and buying cocaine from her at $40 to $50 a pop, according to the records.

In June 2010, Camp followed the informant to a drug dealer in Marietta to buy Roxycodone. He was also recorded in a wiretapped telephone call on Sept. 28 talking with her about getting together over the weekend to split more pills and cocaine with her, according to the charges.

He showed up at a Publix parking lot in northeast Atlanta about 7:15 p.m. Friday to meet with the an undercover agent posing as the dealer. He handed over $160 in cash to pay for the drugs about 7:35 p.m. Ten minutes later, authorities arrested the judge and seized the two guns from the front seat of his vehicle.

The judge faces four drug-related charges and one count of possessing firearms while illegally using drugs.

Camp was appointed to the bench by Ronald Reagan in 1987. In 2004, he sentenced two men accused of killing DeKalb County Sheriff Derwin Brown to life in prison without parole. He also handled litigation from voting-rights groups who sought to block Georgia from asking new voters to prove their identities and citizenship before casting their ballots.

The judge also handled several high-profile drug cases, including the May 2009 sentencing on prescription-related charges of professional wrestler Chris Benoit's personal doctor, Benoit killed himself, his wife and their 7-year-old son in 2007.

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worldhistory
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worldhistory 10/04/10 - 04:31 pm
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"This is really a case

"This is really a case between Judge Camp and his wife," said Morrison. "It's not about Judge Camp being a judge. It's about him being a husband."

Please get real. This is about a top Judge appointed to help enforce the laws being a hypocrite to the max. Cheating on his wife is personal but drugs, guns, and prostitution. Come on now I hope his lawyer can do better than that.

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PUPPYMOMMA 10/04/10 - 04:33 pm
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I guess judges like to have a

I guess judges like to have a good time ,too. You notice he pled not guilty. He also hired 4 lawyers. The color of justice is green.

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dougk 10/04/10 - 05:45 pm
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I'm wondering what the
Unpublished

I'm wondering what the effects are of the cocaine, Roxycodone, and Viagra combo.

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worldhistory 10/04/10 - 06:16 pm
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dougk, must not do anything

dougk, must not do anything special since she was still charging him.

OhWell
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OhWell 10/04/10 - 06:47 pm
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It must have been no good at

It must have been no good at all. She kissed and told.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 10/04/10 - 06:51 pm
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Another GOP'er making the

Another GOP'er making the party proud. Family values all the way!

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msb3075 10/04/10 - 07:22 pm
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A TRUE DIRTBAG .WOW THOUGHT

A TRUE DIRTBAG .WOW THOUGHT ONLY CROOKED COPS JUDGES AND ALMOST EVERYONE WHO HIDES BEHIND THE BADGE OR IN THIS CASE SITS AND HANDS DOWN GUILTY VERDICTS LIVES IN AIKEN SC .GUESS GEORGIA PLAYING CATCH UP .ONE WORD .FAIL

corgimom
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corgimom 10/04/10 - 07:44 pm
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He showed up at a Publix

He showed up at a Publix parking lot in northeast Atlanta around 7:15 p.m. Friday to meet with the an undercover agent posing as the dealer. When the informant told her she was worried about his safety, the judge told her "I not only have my little pistol, I've got my big pistol so, uh, we'll take care of any problems that come up," according to the affidavit.

It's hard to believe that a Federal judge would say something so moronic.

"Little pistol".

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corgimom 10/04/10 - 07:45 pm
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And AC, Roxycodone is the

And AC, Roxycodone is the street name for Oxycodone.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 10/04/10 - 08:15 pm
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Roxycodone was probably the

Roxycodone was probably the stripper's name. "Roxycodone...you don't have to put on the red light..." (Rimshot!)

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jam25557 10/04/10 - 08:29 pm
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Taylor B, if you would know

Taylor B, if you would know what you are talking about he is a liberal leaning judge. Just because he was appointed by a republican, does not make him one. Every president appoints people of opposing point of views to lower courts to try to get votes for their people for the supreme court. One example of this is Sonia Sotomayor was appointed for the Southern District court in New York by George H.W. Bush, or George Bush Sr. for people like you who don't know what makes a person a Jr. or Sr. Also, there is no way a liberal can talk about family values, look at the whole executive branch you voted into office in 92 and reelected in 96 It is nice to see an uninformed liberal taking a shot unintentionally at one of their own though.

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Riverman1 10/04/10 - 08:30 pm
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Rep. Wilbur Mills and Fanne

Rep. Wilbur Mills and Fanne Fox.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 10/04/10 - 08:45 pm
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Jam, uninformed? No sir, he

Jam, uninformed? No sir, he was reported GOP off of Peach Pundit. I checked his donation record, it matched. You lose. As for me being a liberal, wrong again. Thanks for playing, we have some nice gifts for you backstage...

Oh, and Glenn Richardson's aide was just busted for a vote buying scheme, I will let AP tell you that two days from now, though.

Just because I'm not a Repub doesn't brand me a Democrat. You just got served, son.

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jam25557 10/04/10 - 09:24 pm
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Well Taylor, if the peach

Well Taylor, if the peach pundit said it, with no regard to his record, it must be correct. Good job on being informed by reading the exact same story to be on top of Glenn Richardson aide. You must have some connections to be able to read an article and repeat what was said. Also, way to stand by your beliefs. Only a liberal would read something, take a small part of that something, misinterpret it, and use it to bash Republicans. I will not end by saying something stupid like you got served, which is more proof you are a liberal.

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jam25557 10/04/10 - 09:30 pm
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Taylor B
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Taylor B 10/04/10 - 09:35 pm
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I'm not bashing Republicans,

I'm not bashing Republicans, sir, I am stating to the hypocracy of one calling himself a Republican and his actions. There is a difference.

Since you are bright enought to find the Peach Pundit, google Taylor Bryant. I'm no liberal. Normal posters around here can attest to that. You seem new here. Welcome!

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Hatfield0278 10/05/10 - 02:59 pm
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Cocaine and strippers. Judge

Cocaine and strippers. Judge Camp was partying like a rock-star.

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corgimom 10/05/10 - 07:02 pm
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"It is a quick profit for

"It is a quick profit for people that dont have an education or are just to lazy to do real work."

Yeah, like Rush Limbaugh, addict.

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