Ex-Federal Judge Jack Camp Sentenced to 30 Days For Drug Use

Former federal judge Jack Camp of Georgia was sentenced to 30 days in prison today, 400 hours of community service and he must pay the costs of prosecution. He was allowed to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to the designated facility at a later date. Camp pleaded guilty to offenses involving his use of drugs with his girlfriend, a former stripper with a prior drug conviction. The Government had asked for 15 days.

The sentencing judge, Thomas Hogan of Washington, D.C., also ruled Camps' offenses were all misdemeanors:

In one ruling issued Friday, Hogan found that Camp had not committed a felony, as prosecutors believed he did had when they signed the plea agreement. Instead, Camp committed three misdemeanors, exposing him to a sentence of up to 6 months in prison. Prosecutors asked Hogan to sentence Camp to at least 15 days in prison. Camp’s lawyers asked for probation and community service.

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    Felonies are for the little people (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Yes2Truth on Sat Mar 12, 2011 at 08:12:32 AM EST

    Judges, in a conservative country, are immune from
    the consequences of felonious acts.

    Way to go, judge camp.  Maybe you'll get to explain
    to the world why others deserved punishment that you

    On the actual facts of what he did, (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by Peter G on Sat Mar 12, 2011 at 02:33:31 PM EST
    and under the circumstances that he did it (buying drugs for personal use, sometimes carrying an otherwise legal gun while doing so), someone who was not a judge would not have been prosecuted in federal court at all, much less sentenced to time in custody. Whether he would have been prosecuted and sent to jail in state court in Georgia, I wouldn't know.  But just from a federal court perspective, he was treated more harshly because he was a judge (and rightly so), not better.

    Wrong, wrong, wrong! (none / 0) (#2)
    by Johnny Exchange on Sat Mar 12, 2011 at 11:43:40 AM EST
    The most serious crimes in this country are ones that hurt innocent people, especially children, and those in which the public trust is undermined by coorupt public officials. I spend a lot of time following legal and crime news.... the same day this judge was sentenced to 30 days for his drug activity, hundreds more were sentenced to even more time for lesser charges. I doubt this judge gave the same leniency to offenders in his court... fed judges can always hide behind mandatory minimums and the federal sentencing guidelines. This isn't conservative or liberal.... this is just plain wrong!

    So- what should have happened to judge camp? (none / 0) (#3)
    by Yes2Truth on Sat Mar 12, 2011 at 11:52:30 AM EST

    Five years in the slammer?  More?  What?

    30 days works for me... (5.00 / 0) (#4)
    by kdog on Sat Mar 12, 2011 at 12:09:23 PM EST
    if not a bit excessive.  I take no joy in the caging of human beings, be they judges or janitors who done wrong.

    I know I'm a broken record...but the answer lies not in treating the powerful and connected as poorly as proles are treated by our systems, but in treating everybody like a 1st class connected powerful citizen....equality under a humane system, not equality under a cruel draconian inhumane one.


    Unfortunatly (5.00 / 0) (#5)
    by jondee on Sat Mar 12, 2011 at 01:24:42 PM EST
    we can't seem to get more than three or four people in high places in this country to deeply, publicly examine the implications of "humane"..

    Me thinks that they can't find a way to make it jibe well enough with the hyper-competitive, "nature red in tooth and claw" narrative that people still believe is essential to our "growth"..



    I agree, kdog (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by Zorba on Sat Mar 12, 2011 at 01:30:50 PM EST
    From what I've read, the only thing I would have gotten him for was giving away government property that was not his to give (the laptop computer he gave to the stripper).  That was felony theft.  As for using drugs, acting erratically, paying for sex, etc- he needs drug rehab and psychological counseling for the drug use and erratic behavior.  And I would put paying for sex in the same category as drug use- if they are two consenting adults, it's between them.  His wife I'm sure is hurt by this, but that's a matter between them, and perhaps, if she so chooses, their divorce attorneys (although I would certainly recommend that she get tested for STDs, too).  So for the theft of the laptop, 30 days, community service, and paying court costs and the cost of the laptop does not seem excessive to me.  Now, how the courts would have treated a poor person, particularly a person of color, for the same offenses- that's something that needs to be changed, in my opinion.

    Gee, ya think Snoop (none / 0) (#8)
    by getoffamycloud10 on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 01:06:56 PM EST
    will do that much time?