BELLEVILLE, Ill. -- A former St. Clair County prosecutor and a judge dismissed traffic tickets against two men accused in the same drug ring authorities say was involved in the cocaine death of the attorney.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports the findings came after St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly reviewed ex-prosecutor Joe Christ’s work leading up to his March death.
A little more than a week after he was sworn in as an associate judge, Christ died of what a coroner says was a cocaine overdose at a western Illinois hunting cabin owned by circuit judge Michael Cook.
Cook has pleaded not guilty to federal heroin and gun charges.
Kelly calls the suspected ticket-fixing and review of Christ’s prosecutorial activities “a manmade disaster.”