Judicial Watch • Judge Blames Depression For Hooker, Drug Scandal

Judge Blames Depression For Hooker, Drug Scandal

Judge Blames Depression For Hooker, Drug Scandal

MARCH 08, 2011

Desperate to avoid prison, a veteran federal judge convicted in a drug and stripper scandal claims mental illness and brain damage from a bicycling accident are to blame for the self destructive behavior that brought his career to a shameful halt.After more than two decades of presiding over cases in U.S. District Court inAtlanta, the Reagan-appointed judge (Jack T. Camp) pleaded guilty in November to federal charges involving a wild drug and sex escapade with an exotic dancer he met as a patron at a strip club. The once-esteemed jurist, who is married, bought cocaine, marijuana and prescription painkillers and shared them with his stripper girlfriend, according the FBI.Shock ensued in the legal community because the 67-year-old Camp was known for handing down tough sentences and he looks more like a loving grandpa—with round glasses, thinning white hair and a warm smile—than a guy who parties hard with illicit drugs and hookers. When Camp was arrested last fall his attorney compared the case to a “Shakespearean tragedy” because Camp sometimes quoted the famous English poet and playwright from the bench.As Camp’s defense team pushes for leniency at his sentencing hearing this week, it blames a decades-long battle with a mental disorder and an unrelated bike accident(Camp forgot to wear a helmet) for his crimes. The mental condition involves “a mood cycling or bipolar disorder” that causes “impaired judgment and excessive involvement in pleasurable activities,” according to court filings published by anAtlanta newspaper.The 2000 bicycling accident damaged the impulse control portion of the brain’s temporal lobe, according to Camp’s defense team. This is relevant because that part of the brain “would ordinarily inhibit impulsiveness or extremely reckless behavior” and therefore would explain a highly educated man’s involvement with a hooker and illegal narcotics.While the mental health issues don’t excuse the conduct, the defense memo says, they help explain how a lonely man in the twilight of his life became entangled with a seductive prostitute more than willing to take advantage of his needs and his misguided impulse to be her friend and protector. If this tear-jerker of a statement doesn’t provoke sympathy in the sentencing judge, nothing will.Well, maybe this can: “There is no punishment he will endure more painful than the guilt and shame he faces every day of the rest of his life.” Therefore jail is not necessary, according to Camp’s legal team, which is requesting probation, a fine and community service.Outraged federal prosecutors counter that Camp owes a “debt to society” and should serve between 15 days and six months in prison to “reflect the seriousness of the offense, promote respect for the law and provide just punishment.”

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