Hon. Laurie Smith Camp See Rating Details
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Average Rating:3.9 - 9 rating(s)
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*Temperament:   (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Scholarship:   (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Industriousness:   (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
*Ability to Handle Complex Litigation:    (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Punctuality:    (1=Chronic`y Late,10=Always on Time)
*Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation:    (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
*Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation:   (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Flexibility In Scheduling   (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Pre-Trial:   (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Civil Settlement Discussions:   (1=Least Involved,10=Most Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Trial:    (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Sentencing:    (1=Most Lenient,10=Most Harsh)
Typical Discount Off Guidelines for Cooperators:    (1=10%,10=100%)
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What others have said about Hon. Laurie Smith Camp



Comment #: 21411
Rating:Not Rated
The comment posted by the criminal defense lawyer in July 2013 is right on. This judge does not understand federal criminal law, even after twelve years on the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 20920
Unfortunately, this judge disposed of a law clerk who was the only person in the office knowledgeable about criminal law and practice. This has been a huge loss to the criminal bar, prosecutors and defense attorneys alike. It is obvious to all that now little thought or preparation is put into the criminal hearings or other work. The work appears to be done by robots, and many details are now overlooked. The bias towards the government will probably always continue, but the quality of the work is not as high as it once was.

Court Staff

Comment #: 13011
This judge is a true republican and will follow and rule on the money and does not assist in any way the little person.
I see it in case load after load, judicial review needs to step in and release this woman from the bench.
Big business is what she roots for all the way.


Comment #: 9390
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Laurie Smith Camp fails to recuse herself from case where one defendanent was listed on the Federal Judicial conflict of interest list for Judge Smith Camp-a lawyer that had represented the Judge as a client-but this Judge fialed to recuse and ruled in favor of this conflicted party(a law firm).


Comment #: 6049
Biased against defendant in criminal case, allowed prosecution to withhold forensic evidence from defense examination, allowed prosecution expert witness testimony despite obvious lack of expertise, would not allow defendant to change lawyers after she herself had commented on current lawyer's failure to follow established procedures, failed to inform jury of all of the requirements required by the law to convict.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 3934
Has a wonderful temperament. Spent most of her career working on criminal matters so she is less skilled in civil litigation, but overall she is a very good judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 1974
Rating:Not Rated
She spent her time in practice as an administrator in the Attorney General's office (i.e., not a courtroom lawyer), and it shows. Does not like to see the boat rocked, even if you have the evidence to support your position. In the words of Bobby Knight, "just lay back and enjoy it."

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1923
By far the worst district judge I have ever appeared in front of. If you are a criminal defendant, you better cooperate or you will be convicted and hammered at sentencing. Blatant dishonesty in why she departs. Rude and insulting to counsel and can be extraordinarily vindictive if reversed by the 8th Circuit and the Supreme Court. She is still green and clueless as to the law in criminal cases at least.