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General News    H4'ed 4/8/11

Two Corrupt Judges Get Outed in the Deep South

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Message Roger Shuler

Cross Posted at Legal Schnauzer

What is the most under-reported crime in the United States? My guess would be judicial corruption. The mainstream media tends to ignore the issue, except when the FBI launches an investigation. And FBI scrutiny of a corrupt judge is a rarity.

So imagine our shock to learn of two judges--one state and one federal--getting nailed recently in Georgia. Both cases present signs that justice might not truly have been achieved. But could these cases at least be baby steps toward cleaning up bad actors on the bench? Could they be enough to cause some judges to think twice before violating their oath to uphold the law? We can only hope.

Former U.S. District Judge Jack Camp has surrendered his law license, and the Georgia Supreme Court disbarred former state circuit judge Brooks E. Blitch III. How did Camp and Blitch step in deep doo-doo? Here is how the Atlanta Journal-Constitution explains it:

Camp pleaded guilty in November to aiding and abetting a felon's possession of cocaine when he bought drugs for a stripper. He also pleaded guilty to possession of illegal drugs and illegally giving the stripper his government-issued laptop.

Camp stepped down from the bench and agreed to cooperate with authorities looking into cases he handled while he was being investigated.

In 2009, Blitch pleaded guilty to a federal corruption charge and was sentenced to three years on probation and a fine of $100,000. He resigned after Georgia's Judicial Qualifications Commission brought charges against him.

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I live in Birmingham, Alabama, and work in higher education. I became interested in justice-related issues after experiencing gross judicial corruption in Alabama state courts. This corruption has a strong political component. The corrupt judges are (more...)
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