Gregory Muse had first conviction overturned due to judge that presided over it.
Michael Cook is getting time to square away things before serving a two-year sentence on heroin and gun convictions.
Michael Cook of St. Clair County was sentenced Friday on drug & weapons charges
A federal judge rejected a plea deal on heroin and gun charges for former Illinois judge Michael Cook.
Protestors raised their voices, Friday, outside county courthouse in Belleville
A former St. Clair County Circuit judge who oversaw felony and drug cases, is expected to plead guilty to heroin and weapon charges today.
Jurors found 55-year-old Gregory Muse guilty in March of first-degree murder after a trial overseen by then-St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook.
Judge Cook was arrested two months after the trial on charges of possessing heroin and a having a gun while on controlled substances.
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.