Man pleads not guilty in St. Clair County courthouse drug scandal

Man pleads not guilty in St. Clair County courthouse drug scandal

Man pleads not guilty in St. Clair County courthouse drug scandal

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 8:11 AM

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- A one-time St. Clair County probation officer has pleaded not guilty to charges in a southwestern Illinois courthouse drug scandal.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 46-year-old James Fogarty of Belleville pleaded not guilty in an East St. Louis federal court on Monday. He was charged with possessing cocaine with plans to deal it, and being a drug user in possession of a gun.

Federal prosecutors allege Fogarty sold cocaine earlier this year to St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook and newly appointed judge Joe Christ (krihst), who was a longtime prosecutor before he was appointed to the bench.

Christ died in March from a cocaine overdose while he was with Cook at a western Illinois hunting lodge.

Cook also faces federal drug and weapons charges.

 

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