Defendants Sentenced by Drug-Using Judge Seek Case Review
Former Georgia federal judge Jack Camp was sentenced to 30 days for his illegal drug use. As I wrote here, his lawyers argued in their sentencing memorandum that Camp had brain damage:
Camp's sentencing statement contains a plethora of mitigation, from his bi-polar disorder for which he received the wrong kind of medication, to complications from a difficult operation for prostate cancer that required the removal of his entire prostate, to a bicycle accident in 2000 that caused brain damage. Interestingly, the defense says the temporal lobe damage caused by the accident didn't affect him cognitively, it just caused him to have poorer impulse control.
So from 2000 until his resignation in 2010 (which was required by the plea agreement) this judge, who was sentencing drug defendants and others to jail, was suffering from bi-polar disorder and temporal lobe damage, as well as engaging in illegal drug activity
The disclosures by Camp's lawyers have prompted several defendants to seek to resentencing and in some cases a new trial. [More..]
“Every case he handled from the time he was misdiagnosed, or before, depending on when he was affected by these conditions, should be re-evaluated,” said Marcia Shein, a Decatur appellate lawyer. “The question is: Did these conditions affect his ability to be an objective judge making fair decisions?”
Sally Yates, the U.S. Attorney says all requests are being evaluated.
Yates had said she would not oppose requests for new hearings from defendants sentenced by Camp during the time he consumed marijuana, cocaine, Xanax and roxicontin. Of the 16 people sentenced by Camp during that period, five have asked for new hearings. At least one has received less time.
Camp presided over 3,000 cases during the decade following his bicycle accident that caused his traumatic brain injury. The psychiatrist who examined him prior to sentencing insists his judgment functions weren't impaired.
“The part of his brain that would determine professional judgment in the courtroom was not damaged,....His ability to analyze and interpret the law was not impaired.”
Yet his lawyers wrote in one sentencing memo:
“The untreated mood cycling disorder and the trauma to the temporal lobe of his brain ... are serious and unambiguous factors affecting judgment.”
They meant his judgment concerning whether to take drugs and engage in reckless behavior. They were arguing his impulse control functions had been affected. They continue to vigorously deny his cognitive ability and his ability to reason or be objective in criminal cases were affected.
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