Courtroom Drama: Cameron Douglas Sentenced to Five Years in Jail

Still, Berman was not that impressed with the letters he received from Cameron's friends and family, reports online entertainment columnist Roger Friedman. Mostly the letters -- from a range of others outside his immediate circle, including a 1st grade teacher -- Berman observed, stressed that Cameron had had a tough childhood and shouldn't be made an example.

The judge said, "We must get over the theme that Cameron Douglas is a victim." The judge said the letters "paid lip service," were "misguided."

Cameron Douglas' life has been clouded by addiction and legal woes. In 2007, Michael Douglas' only child from his 22-year marriage to Diandra Douglas was arrested in California on cocaine possession charges. Cameron pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct.

In 2009, Cameron Douglas was evicted from his $4,200 a month home after falling behind on his rent. His landlord told Star magazine that he left behind a mess of drug paraphernalia.

Cameron Douglas' drug problems, while sad, are not surprising, considering his family's history of drug abuse.

In 1992, Michael Douglas went to rehab for alcoholism. In 2004, his half-brother, Eric Douglas, died of a drug and alcohol overdose at the age of 46.

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