Judge Nearly Doubles Douglas Sentence
Actor's son gets extra 54 months for smuggling drugs in jail
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2011 12:03 AM CST
Michael Douglas and his son, Cameron, pose at a movie premiere in April 2009.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

(Newser) – Telling Cameron Douglas he was the most reckless defendant he'd ever had in his courtroom, a federal judge has nearly doubled his five-year prison term. Michael Douglas' 32-year-old son confessed to having heroin and pills smuggled into the prison where he was serving time for drug dealing. Judge Richard Berman—who described Douglas' original sentence as a last chance—gave him another 54 months, three times what prosecutors had recommended, the New York Daily News reports.

"I don’t believe that I have had another case ever of a defendant who has so recklessly, and flagrantly, and wantonly and criminally acted in as destructive and manipulative a fashion," Berman said, telling prosecutors it was time to stop coddling Douglas, who had "blown the biggest opportunity of his life." Because he agreed to help bust his supplier, Douglas' original sentence was half the mandatory minimum. "I feel ashamed," he said before sentencing. His father—who pleaded for leniency last year—was not at the hearing.

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Dec 25, 2011 6:34 AM CST
"There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Reardon, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with." Ayn Rand - "Atlas Shrugged"
Dec 22, 2011 1:19 PM CST
This kid is an addict and like all addicts the most important thing is getting more drug. Have pity on him and his family.
Dec 22, 2011 1:00 PM CST
Drug Enforcement -- let's pretend there's some "social" purpose other than paying for cops, prison guards, lawyers and judges. So why don't we just whip these Criminals like they do to "adulterous" women in Iran? Or maybe we need to Re-Educate these Criminals like they do the Falun Gong in Communist China. That will CURE them of their extreme preference for illegal drugs ... illegal because we say they are!