Probation worker set for hearing in St. Clair County judge drug case

Probation worker set for hearing 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 KMOV.com staff and Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on June 4, 2013 at 9:15 AM

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- A St. Clair County probation officer caught up in a drug investigation involving one judge who died of a cocaine overdose and another who’s accused of possessing heroin is about to learn whether he’ll be eligible for bond.

Forty-five-year-old James Fogarty of Belleville is scheduled to have a bail hearing in East St. Louis federal court on Tuesday.

The St. Clair County worker has pleaded not guilty to charges that he bought cocaine and resold it to former judges Michael Cook and Joe Christ.

Christ died in March of what a coroner says was a cocaine overdose at a western Illinois hunting cabin he was occupying at the time with Cook.

Cook resigned last week after being accused of federal heroin and gun charges.

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