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.