Criminal Justice

Exotic Dancer's Tip Links Federal Judge, 67, to Drug & Firearms Case

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Updated: A senior federal judge was arrested Friday in a drug and firearms case and held over the weekend in an undisclosed location.

The case resulted from a tip by an exotic dancer at an Atlanta strip club from whom U.S. District Judge Jack Camp allegedly purchased illegal substances and sex, and with whom he allegedly used drugs.

Camp, 67, was released this afternoon on $50,000 unsecured bond, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which relies on an affidavit from a FBI special agent.

The judge intends to plead not guilty, his lawyer, William Morrison, tells the Associated Press, and will probably take a leave of absence pending resolution of the case.

However, “This is really a case between Judge Camp and his wife,” Morrison says. “It’s not about Judge Camp being a judge. It’s about him being a husband.”

A member of the Northern District of Georgia bench since 1988 and a former chief judge there, Camp is an alumnus of the Citadel and the University of Virginia School of Law, MSNBC reported.

Camp is accused in the affidavit of buying and using cocaine, marijuana, Hydrocodone and Roxycodone, the Journal-Constitution reports.

FBI agents found firearms in a bag in the judge’s car when he was arrested Friday, the AP says.

Due to Camp’s connection to the court system in Atlanta, a magistrate judge from Alabama was brought in to preside over his hearing today and federal prosecutors from Washington, D.C., spoke for the government.

Updated at 7:37 p.m. to include information from updated Associated Press article.

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