On Wednesday morning, Omaha attorney Robb Gage filed a court document setting out why a judge should bring evidence against his client in a heroin crime case.
Before he could make it to lunch, Gage and the client – who also happens to be Gage’s roommate – were arrested in their downtown apartment and accused of having owned a virtual drug casserole. Gage, 44, was charged with four crimes: heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and mushrooms. His client and roommate, John K. Cameron, 39, was booked on suspicion of possessing heroin and OxyContin, a police officer said.
Gage, who has a history of DUIs, represented Cameron, who has a history of drug problems since Cameron was arrested after getting off an Amtrak train in May 2020.
In a detail that raises ethical concerns, authorities claim Gage lived with Cameron in the Brandeis building downtown, one block from the Douglas County courthouse. On an affidavit, Omaha police officer Christopher Perna wrote that he had searched the apartment and found “small amounts of heroin, cocaine, meth and mushrooms in Gage’s bedroom and bathroom.”
The crime against Gage could not only jeopardize Gage’s legal license, but also put his legal representation under the microscope for multiple clients, including Cameron. If allegations of drug possession or use are proven, clients could question whether Gage is effectively representing them in court, said two lawyers who spoke on condition of anonymity because they have known Gage for years.