EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- Attorneys for a former St. Clair County judge want to delay his July trial, saying he needs more time at a drug treatment facility.
Mike Cook was charged with heroin and gun possession as part of a widening courthouse drug scandal.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports Cook’s lawyers are hoping to get the case delayed because the former St. Clair County circuit court judge is “generally unreachable” at an out-of-state rehabilitation facility. He’s expected to remain there for several more weeks.
Cook’s denied the federal charges and is free on bond.
The 43-year-old resigned in May. He was charged in the case after the March death of colleague who died from a cocaine overdose at Cook’s hunting cabin in western Illinois’ Pike County.
Cook isn’t charged in connection with the death.