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US Attorney Offers Resentencing, Says Federal Judge May Have Been Affected by Drugs or Bias

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After a federal judge’s acceptance of a plea deal last month, after he was accused of carrying loaded firearms in his vehicle and buying drugs for a stripper with whom he was having a relationship, federal prosecutors are offering defendants he sentenced during his last months on the bench a do-over.

Anyone who was sentenced in May or later by Senior U.S. District Judge Jack Camp in Georgia and seeks re-sentencing will not be opposed, U.S. Attorney Sally Yates said today during a press conference.There is evidence Camp may have been impaired by drugs or demonstrated racial bias during that time, she explained, and he clearly was involved in criminal conduct, according to News Channel 9, a local ABC affiliate, and the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Meanwhile, her office will also cooperate in evaluating any other case handled by Camp in which the defendant wishes to seek resentencing, Yates said.

However, Camp, through his attorney, Bill Morrison, denied that his sentences were adversely affected by drug use or bias, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

“While Mr. Camp understands the government must take appropriate steps to ensure our judicial system is free of bias,” said Morrison in a written statement provided to the newspaper, “none occurred in Judge Camp’s courtroom. Again, Jack Camp has assisted the government in this review to the fullest degree possible.”

Earlier coverage: “Federal Judge Accused of Buying Drugs for Stripper Will Take Plea Deal”

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