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Former Federal Judge Gets 30 Days for Helping Stripper Buy Drugs

By Jason Beahm on March 17, 2011 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

If anyone should know not to help someone buy drugs, you would think it would be a former federal judge. Especially a former federal judge known for giving defendants harsh sentences. 

But hypocrisy infects all professions, and former judge Jack Camp, 67, made continuing lapses in judgment that will be "a scarlet letter chiseled on his forehead the rest of his life," said Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan, who sentenced him to 30 days in prison and 400 hours of community service.

"When I look back at the circumstances which brought me here, it makes me sick to think I did them ... They were illegal, wrong, foolish. ... The only thing I can say is that I'm so very sorry," Jack Camp said.

Former Atlanta judge Camp met an exotic dancer at the Goldrush Showbar after she did a table dance for him. He paid for sex and they began doing marijuana, cocaine and a synthetic form of heroin, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The woman later begun cooperating with FBI agents who set Camp up to make a drug deal. Camp asked the dancer to buy drugs with $160 her gave her. Camp showed up for the drug deal armed with two handguns, prosecutor Deborah Sue Mayer noted.

"He engaged in repeated criminal conduct over four months ... This was not a one-time thing. This was not a one-time lapse in impulse control," Mayer said. Jack Camp contended that it was in fact a lapse in judgment related to undiagnosed bipolar disorder, depression and brain damage from a 2000 bicycle accident which were all exacerbated due to improper prescriptions.

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