This story from Atlanta gives a different story about our so-called public servants. The federal judge arrested in this account is known for being a "hanging judge" and he especially gives stiff prison sentences to people convicted of drug offenses.
According to the story:
A longtime federal judge was freed on a $50,000 bond Monday after his arrest on federal charges that he bought cocaine and other illegal drugs while involved in a sexual relationship with an exotic dancer for the past several months.But it gets even better:
Senior U.S. District Judge Jack T. Camp Jr. was arrested late Friday night near Sandy Springs. Camp, 67, is accused of purchasing cocaine and marijuana, along with prescription painkillers that which he shared with an exotic dancer he met last spring at the Goldrush Showbar in Atlanta, according to an FBI agent’s affidavit for his arrest.
Camp met the dancer, identified in the affidavit as CI-1, when he purchased a private dance from her, according to the affidavit by Special Agent Mary Jo Mangrum, a member of a task force investigating public corruption. He returned the next night and purchased another dance and sex from her, the affidavit said. The two then began a relationship which revolved around drug use and sex.
In some cases he bought drugs from the dancer, while in others the pair purchased them from other parties, according to the affidavit. Camp sometimes took loaded guns to the deals.
Camp’s arrest came after a buy from an undercover agent, authorities said.
As a judge, Camp had a reputation as a tough sentencer. In 2009, he sentenced former doctor Phil Astin to 10 years in prison. Astin had prescribed drugs to Chris Benoit, the professional wrestler who killed his wife, son and then himself in 2007. Camp said that the good works performed by the doctor were outweighed by his indiscriminate prescribing of drugs that caused at least two other people to die from overdoses.There's even more:
Last year, Camp rejected a plea deal of an indicted pharmaceutical executive, saying the proposed 37-month prison sentence did not “accurately reflects the seriousness of the conduct.” Jared Wheat had earlier pleaded guilty to charges in connection with illegal importation of knockoff prescription drugs from Central America. Wheat later was given a 50-month sentence.
The affidavit details a series of drug transaction in which Camp is described as securing Roxicodone and other drugs for his personal use and describes Camp as carrying a semi-automatic handgun to protect the stripper and himself during drug deals. Federal law carries separate charges for carrying a firearm in drug transactions.Now, in most federal cases, the presence of a firearm -- even an unloaded one that is in the trunk of a car or in another room of a house -- is rolled into the drug charges as "using a firearm" with the transaction. It will be interesting to see if this judge gets the same treatment from the U.S. Government that he gives to everyone else -- or if the feds will protect their own.
Last Friday, in recorded telephone conversation, Camp told the stripper he would try to help her because she was having trouble getting a job with her record. The judge offered to talk to a potential employer if necessary, according to the affidavit. During the conversation, the two of them discussed having a second woman join them night but Camp at least initially thought it too risky to do drugs with someone he didn’t trust because he said his “situation was precarious.”
Later Friday, the stripper asked Camp if he could follow her to a drug deal to protect her because she was dealing with a dealer she did not know well. According to the affidavit, Camp responded: “I’ll watch your back anytime….I not only have my little pistol, I’ve got my big pistol so, uh, we’ll take care of any problems that come up.”
That evening, according to the affidavit, Camp and the stripper met in Publix parking lot on Shallowford Road and the two drove to the parking lot of the Velvet Room on Chamblee Tucker Road where they met with an undercover law-enforcement agent posing as a dealer.
Ten minutes after the 7:35 p.m. drug transaction, FBI agents arrested Camp and recovered the drugs and two pistols from Camp’s car, including a .380-caliber Sig Sauer with a full magazine and a round in the chamber.
“The hammer of the gun was cocked,” the affidavit said.
To be honest, I am amazed that the feds even pursued this case, given the way that government agents look out for one another. Stay tuned here. If there is justice, this man will spend the rest of his life in prison.
I need to let my readers know that I am NOT a fan of the Drug War. I believe that the Drug War needs to be ended yesterday. No, I don't take drugs (although I am sure that the same people who have called me a "child molester" probably will claim I am a coke fiend, too), but the harm to this country because of the "war on drugs" is greater than any harm that comes from people voluntarily using drugs.
So, a federal judge who threw away the key when other drug offenders entered his courtroom now is going to get a taste of his own medicine. I cannot rejoice when anyone is sentenced to prison for drugs, but I must admit that this case presents its own delicious irony.