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

Former Judge to Serve Sentence in Florida

One-time St. Clair County circuit judge Michael Cook was arrested and charged with possession of heroin and guns last year, shortly after the death of fellow judge Joe Christ.

05/28/2014

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

Prosecutors: Man Sold Heroin to St. Clair Co. Judge Almost Daily

Prosecutors say Michael Cook was a St. Clair County circuit judge when he got heroin from Sean McGilvery “on an almost daily basis.”

10/17/2013

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

St. Clair County Expands Drug Testing Months After Judge’s Overdose

The American Civil Liberties Union says the new policy opens the county up to lawsuits but Mark Kern, the St. Clair County Board Chair, disagrees.

10/02/2013

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Drug Dealer in St. Clair County Judge’s Death Seeks Jail Release

34-year-old Sean McGilvery is accused of conspiring with two others to buy drugs for resale in the Belleville area. Judge Joe Christ died when he and a former judge were using the drugs.

06/12/2013

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Prosecutor: Judges in Drug Scandal Fixed Tickets

State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly said the alleged ticket-fixing surfaced during an audit of Joe Christ’s work as a prosecutor under Kelly before Christ died in March.

06/06/2013

St. Clair County Judge Accused of Heroin Possession Resigns

An Illinois judge whose colleague died of a cocaine overdose while the two were on a hunting trip resigned Wednesday.

05/29/2013

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St. Clair County Judge Charged With Heroin, Gun Possession

Wearing cutoff shorts and a T-shirt with the slogan “Bad is my middle name,” St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook pleaded not guilty.

05/24/2013

Feds Probe Southwestern Illinois Judge

Judge Michael Cook was booted Thursday from his docket of hundreds of cases because he’s under an unspecified federal investigation.

05/23/2013

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NAACP Head Presses for Black Judge to Fill Opening

President of the advocacy group’s East St. Louis branch, Stanley Franklin says three qualified minority candidates previously applied for the job.

03/21/2013

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