Atlanta Judge Arrested for Buying Drugs from Stripper
In one of the most egregious examples of “do as I say not as I do” to come out of the federal government in recent history, a federal judge has been caught (quite literally) with his hands in a proverbial cookie jar filled with illegal sex and drugs.It is yet another illustration that drug addiction impacts people from all walks of life, even highly respected members of the court.
US District Judge Jack T. Camp, Jr., a long-time Atlanta, Georgia jurist, has been arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and charged with purchasing and possessing Roxycodone (a narcotic pain reliever), pot and cocaine from a stripper who had been working with law enforcement officials. He will also face federal weapons charges.
The stripper in question worked at another area club and alternated between buying drugs with the judge and selling them to him. However, drugs weren’t the only things on the menu. Officials allege that Judge Camp also paid for private dances and sexual favors from the stripper. She was also known to have used drugs with the judge and, in fact, some say the couple had begun a romantic relationship in the months leading up to Camp’s arrest. Evidence suggests that Judge Camp promised the stripper that he would help sort out issues surrounding her police record.
According to the FBI complaint, during their drug sessions the pair would snort both cocaine and Roxycodone and then smoke pot. In order to make preparations easier on the stripper, Judge Camp provided her with a pill crusher for her to use when preparing the Roxycodone for ingestion. At some point authorities got in contact with the stripper and elicited her help in snaring the judge. With the stripper’s approval, FBI agents were able to secretly record conversations between Camp and the stripper; the results of these private conversations were used to help build a case against the judge.
Eventually, the FBI arranged for the stripper to ensnare Camp in a drug-buying sting. The sixty-seven year old judge was arrested on the first of October in the parking lot of the Velvet Room, a strip club in Sandy Springs, about fifteen miles north of Atlanta. In a search coinciding with the arrest, officers discovered blue pills and a white powder in a plastic bag; the judge had also been driving around with two guns in his car.
Camp was recently arraigned before a magistrate from Alabama and was then released on a $50,000 bond. The unidentified stripper has a federal rap sheet and has a history of prostitution and drug possession charges. In return for her help in catching Judge Camp, the stripper has been granted immunity from any criminal charges that may arise as a result of her participation in the early stages of the couple’s drug-filled meetings.
A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Camp was nominated by President Regan in 1988 and has been a judge for over twenty years. He was, by all accounts, a very respected member of the Atlanta judicial community. Camp’s lawyer tried to downplay the public corruption aspects of the case by claiming the issues surround Camp’s marriage and infidelity are most important. The chief judge for the Northern District of Georgia has recused the entire Court from any involvement in Camp’s criminal case.