Man pleads not guilty in St. Clair County courthouse drug scanda - KMOV.com

Man pleads not guilty in St. Clair County courthouse drug scandal

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By Brendan Marks By Brendan Marks
By Dan Mueller By Dan Mueller

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.

 

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