Criminal Justice

Former Federal Judge Gets 30 Days for Helping Stripper Buy Drugs

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A former senior federal judge was sentenced today to 30 days in prison and 400 hours of community service after pleading guilty to aiding and abetting a felon in the possession of drugs.

Jack Camp, who was known for handing out harsh sentences when he was on the bench, had sought probation, pointing to undiagnosed bipolar disorder in mitigation of his offense and apologizing for embarassing and humiliating his family, himself and the court. However, Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan said Camp’s breach of his oath of office required that he serve time, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“He has disgraced his office,” said Hogan of Camp. “He has denigrated the federal judiciary. He has encouraged disrespect for the rule of law.”

The prosecution had recommended a sentence including some prison time, but had not recommended any specific sentence. A presentence investigation report said a sentence of between 15 days and six months would be standard.

Earlier coverage: “Former Senior Federal Judge Should Serve Time for Helping Stripper Buy Drugs, Gov’t Says”

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