Prosecutor: St. Clair County judges in drug scandal fixed tickets

Prosecutor: St. Clair County judges in drug scandal fixed tickets

Prosecutor: St. Clair County judges in drug scandal fixed tickets

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by KMOV.com staff and Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on June 6, 2013 at 12:04 PM

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.”

 

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