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Jack Camp

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Jack Camp
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
Title:   Former Judge
Position:   Seat #4
Service:
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   4/20/1988 - 12/31/2008
Chief:   2006-2008
Senior:   12/31/2008 - 2010
Preceded by:   Charles Moye, Jr.
Succeeded by:   Amy Totenberg
Personal History
Undergraduate:   The Citadel (1965)
Law School:   University of Virginia (1973)
Grad. School:   University of Virginia (1967)

Jack Tarpley Camp, Jr. was an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. He joined the court in 1988 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. He retired from the court in November 2010, before pleading guilty to drug charges. [1]

Early life and education

A native Georgian, Camp graduated from The Citadel, a top military college, with his bachelor's degree in 1965 and later graduated from the University of Virginia with his Master's degree in 1967 and his Juris Doctor degree in 1973. Camp served in the US Army on active duty during the Vietnam conflict from 1967 to 1970 and served in the Army Reserve for 16 years from 1970 to 1986.[2]

Professional career

  • U.S. Army, 1967-1970
  • U.S. Army Reserve, 1970-1986
  • Private practice, Birmingham, Alabama, 1973-1975
  • Private practice, Newnan, Georgia, 1975-1988[2]

Judicial career

Northern District of Georgia

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Mack Mattingly, Camp was nominated to the Northern District of Georgia by President Ronald Reagan on December 18, 1987 to a seat vacated by Charles Moye, Jr. Camp was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 19, 1988 on a Senate vote and received commission on April 20, 1988. Camp served as the chief judge of the court from 2006 to 2008 before assuming senior status on December 31, 2008.[2] He served the court in that capacity until his resignation in 2010. Camp was succeeded in this position by Amy Totenberg.

Drug use allegations

On October 1, 2010, Judge Camp was arrested on charges of drug use and illegal gun possession. Camp was accused of purchasing cocaine, marijuana and prescription painkillers from an undercover agent, for use with an exotic dancer is he alleged to have a relationship with. He is also alleged to have carried loaded weapons with him when purchasing drugs. The case was referred to the Justice Department in Washington.[3][4] Judge Thomas Hogan was assigned to the case after judges in Camp's district recused themselves.

On November 19, 2010, Camp pleaded guilty to several drug charges. He pleaded guilty to the felony charge of aiding and abetting a felon's possession of drugs when he purchased cocaine and gave it to an exotic dancer, despite knowing that she was a convicted felon. He also pleaded guilty to the misdemeanors of possession of illegal drugs and allowing the stripper use of his government-issued laptop. He was originally charged with four drug-related charges and one count of possessing firearms while illegally using drugs.

Camp agreed to step down from the court as part of his plea deal. Sentencing is scheduled for March 4, 2011. Per federal sentencing guidelines, he could receive as few as ten months up to four years in federal prison.

According to the Associated Press, when asked in court if the charges were accurate Camp responded, "I regret... I am embarrassed to say it is, your honor."[5]

Sentencing

In March 2011, Camp was sentenced to 30 days in prison for aiding a felon's possession of drugs. At the hearing, Judge Thomas Hogan said, "He has denigrated the federal judiciary, he has encouraged disrespect for the rule of law."[6]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Charles Moye, Jr.
Northern District of Georgia
1988–2008
Seat #4
Succeeded by:
Amy Totenberg