James Cameron, Maine’s former top drug prosecutor, is looking at 24-30 years in prison based on convictions for possession of child pornography and criminal contempt for escape back in 2012. According to Judge Woodcock, Mr. Cameron had 171 photos of child pornography on his computer and while that isn’t that much in the scheme of things all of them depicted sadistic masochistic conduct against the children. One of the victims is demanding restitution in excess of $5,000.00 for counseling costs. Judge Woodcock also found that Mr. Cameron had distributed some of those child porn images.
In December of 2012, Mr. Cameron cut off his ankle bracelet monitor and fled the state of Maine. He was on the run for 18 days until a nation wide manhunt tracked him down in New Mexico. Judge Woodcock has indicated that an aggravating factor on the escape issue is that Mr. Cameron had apparently planned the escape for quite some time and timed it in advance of the Federal Court of Appeals decision on his appeal of his original criminal conviction. The original sentence called for a 16 year prison term and Mr. Cameron’s now facing up to 30 years in prison due in large part to his successful escape.
Mr. Cameron has yet to officially resign his bar license even though he indicated that he was resigning from the practice of law. Frankly, this is a moot issue as he’s been suspended indefinitely based on the original conviction.
One has to wonder how many innocent people this crooked individual put behind bars when he was a prosecutor. Frankly, any convictions have to be looked at as suspect. When you have a person in a position of such great power and control dealing in kiddie porn, it casts a negative light on every case associated with that prosecutor. Even if none of his previous drug cases are re-opened or overturned, justice will be served when Mr. Cameron enters his final destination, which is likely to be a high security federal prison based on the length of sentence and his previous escape.
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