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Former St. Clair County Judge Expected to Plead Guilty in Heroin Case

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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.

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOX) - A former St. Clair County Circuit judge who oversaw felony and drug cases, is expected to plead guilty to heroin and weapon charges today.

According to one of his former clients, Michael N. Cook bought heroin from him almost everyday.

Cook, 43, was arrested outside that former client’s home in May and charged with misdemeanor heroin possession and being the user of a controlled substance in possession of a firearm.

He had initially pleaded not guilty, and was scheduled to go on trial December 9th, but according to updated court records he is expected to change his plea today.

It was as Cook’s Pleasant Hill, Illinois Cabin where fellow judge Joseph Christ died from a cocaine overdose while the two were hunting last March.

Cook resigned from the bench after his arrest, and has attended rehab.

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