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2 Men Indicted in St. Clair County Drug Scandal

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Booking photo of former St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook of Belleville.

Booking photo of former St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook of Belleville.

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted two men in connection with the arrest of a former St. Clair County judge who resigned over drug charges.

Sean D. McGilvery, 34, a longtime friend of former St. Clair County Circuit Judge Mike Cook, and James D. Fogarty, a former St. Clair County probation officer, were indicted Tuesday on drug charges. Cook resigned in May after being charged with heroin and gun possession as part of the widening courthouse drug scandal.

Cook was charged in the case after the March death of his colleague, Judge Joe Christ, who died from a cocaine overdose at Cook’s hunting cabin in western Illinois. Cook, who has pleaded not guilty, isn’t charged in connection with the death and is free on bond. His lawyers said he is being treated at an out-of-state drug rehabilitation center.

The grand jury indicted McGilvery on a drug possession and distribution charge and Fogarty on a drug possession and distribution charge and a weapons charge, the Belleville News-Democrat reported. Both men have already pleaded not guilty to federal charges in connection with the case.

Neither McGilvery’s attorney nor Fogarty returned calls seeking comment Wednesday.

Separately, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier said Wednesday that one-time appellate court judge Steven P. McGlynn, a Republican, would fill Cook’s position.

McGlynn was appointed to the appellate court in 2005, but he lost a general election bid the next year. He was later appointed to the St. Clair County Circuit Court by Karmeier following another judge’s retirement.

He lost another tight judgeship race last year when he ran for a seat on the 5th District Appellate Court in Mount Vernon. That seat was won by Democrat Judy Cates.

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