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.
Prosecutors say Michael Cook was a St. Clair County circuit judge when he got heroin from Sean McGilvery “on an almost daily basis.”
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.
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.
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.
An Illinois judge whose colleague died of a cocaine overdose while the two were on a hunting trip resigned Wednesday.
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.
Judge Michael Cook was booted Thursday from his docket of hundreds of cases because he’s under an unspecified federal investigation.
President of the advocacy group’s East St. Louis branch, Stanley Franklin says three qualified minority candidates previously applied for the job.