Feds oppose release of suspect in St. Clair County judge drug case

Feds oppose release of suspect in St. Clair County judge drug case

This October 2010 photo shows St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook during his swearing in ceremony. Cook is under federal investigation after a former prosecutor and colleague Joe Christ was found dead of a cocaine overdose at Cook's cabin in rural Pike County, Ill. in March 2013. Cook as booted from his docket of hundreds of cases Thursday, May 23, 2013.(AP Photo/Belleville News-Democrat, Derik Holtmann)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on June 13, 2013 at 8:21 AM

BELLEVILLE, Ill.—Federal prosecutors in southern Illinois say they will oppose a motion to release a man who’s involved in a judicial corruption case for drug treatment.

The attorney for Sean McGilvery has asked U.S. Magistrate Donald Wilkerson to reconsider his May 30 order that McGilvery remain in jail until his drug trafficking trial.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports Assistant U.S. Attorney James L. Porter said Wednesday the 34-year-old is a danger to the community and could intimidate witnesses.

McGilvery is accused of conspiring with two others to buy drugs in Chicago for resale in the Belleville area.

Judge Joe Christ died in March while he and former Judge Michael Cook were staying at a hunting cabin. Cook faces drug and gun charges.

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