November 28, 2012

Was Cameron ready to run? Prosecutor thought so

Concerns mounted after officials learned that the ex-Maine prosecutor-turned-fugitive traveled abroad before his indictment.

By MICHAEL SHEPHERD / Kennebec Journal

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James Cameron fled from this home at Echo Valley Estates in Rome shortly after learning that seven of his appeals had been rejected and that he likely was going back to prison.

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James Cameron

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PDF: July 2009 affidavit calling Cameron a flight risk

Clark said Tuesday that there weren't any warning signs other than what U.S attorneys argued early in the case.

He said the concern raised in 2009 was based on several circumstances, including the seriousness of the charges, Cameron's travel and the fact that he wasn't living in Maine leading up to the indictment.

Published reports of Cameron's first court appearance, in February 2009, say the government argued for Cameron to be held without bail until his case was resolved, but U.S. Magistrate Judge Margaret Kravchuk set his bail at $75,000 unsecured and released him to the custody of his brother.

Clark said the government was arguing that Cameron "posed a risk of flight which could not be satisfied by anything other than detention."

While he was free on bail, Cameron "appeared as required right up until the day he was convicted at trial," Clark said.

In an emergency motion for release filed in June 2011, which was granted that August, Cameron said he was not a flight risk.

He demonstrated that by saying he was free for 34 months -- from a search of his home on Dec. 21, 2007, until his conviction on Aug. 23, 2010.

Rodway said he has talked with Cameron a few times since his release from prison. He called Cameron "one of the toughest people I know," emotionally and mentally.

"He had a lot on his plate and was facing a lot of pressure, and he handled it pretty well."

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