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{March 19, 2011}   Former Senior Federal Judge Should Serve Time for Helping Stripper Buy Drugs, Gov’t Says

Former senior federal judge Jack Camp should be treated “like every other similarly situated criminal” and sentenced to prison time, federal prosecutors say in a sentencing memo concerning his guilty plea to abetting a felon in the unlawful possession of drugs.

The defense blamed Camp’s untreated bipolar disorder (he instead received medication for depression) and a traumatic brain injury that allegedly adversely affected his impulse control for his decision to help a stripper buy drugs. But the Department of Justice Public Integrity Section pointed to Camp’s knowledge of criminal justice and leadership role on the bench in saying that he should serve some time, recounts the Daily Report in an article reprinted in New York Lawyer (reg. req.).

The DOJ did not, however, recommend any specific sentence for Camp in the Atlanta case, although it told the court it could enhance the sentence because of Camp’s background. His counsel is arguing for probation.

A U.S. Probation Office presentence investigation says the recommended range runs from a minimum 15 days to six months, the article continues.

The prosecution points out that Camp, who was initially accused of having firearms in his vehicle (one was reportedly not only loaded but cocked), although he did not plead guilty to any gun crime, could have gotten up to 10 years, and a five-year minimum term, if convicted of a federal gun charge.

Camp is scheduled to be sentenced Friday, according to the Times-Herald.

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