posted on May, 27 2013 @ 08:53 PM
This is happening in my neck of the woods. Sorry if I put this together somewhat haphazardly.
Judge Cook's friend has also been charged as part of the drug case and Judge Cook has presided over cases involving his friend and fellow drug user
in the past. According to the Illinois judicial code, he should have removed himself from the cases, but did not.
In addition to being friends for years, McGilvery is also linked to Cook through a 1999 injury liability case where Cook was his lawyer, and in a
2011 drug possession case where Cook was the judge. Cook dismissed the felony drug possession charge in May 2012 after McGilvery completed a drug
treatment program. Read more here: www.bnd.com...=cpy
A probation officer is also involved in this case.
St. Clair County Probation Officer James K. Fogarty told a federal agent that he sold coc aine to the late Circuit Judge Joe Christ before
Christ's death, according to an affidavit signed by a federal agent. Fogarty was charged Friday with felony distribution and possession with intent
to distribute coc aine. Read more here: www.bnd.com...=cpy
If this was in Chicago, the citizens wouldn't be in such shock. In Southern Illinois communities, everyone seems to know everyone. I've seen many
comments on the Belleville NewsDemocrat's webpage from people who know the judges involved and their families. Most are in stunned disbelief. These
guys are a perfect example of everything that glitters isn't gold. In a way, they and their families would have been better off if this was in
Chicago. At least they would be more likely to be another face in the crowd. I feel for their wives and children.
Judge Cook plead "not guilty" at his arraignment.
U.S. Magistrate Clifford Proud allowed Cook to go free on the condition that he be placed in
drug treatment, surrender his passport, stay out of trouble and away from drugs until his trial. Read more here:
I'm not sure how I feel about him being free right
now. I can't help but think that if he was an average Joe, he would be jailed. His bond was set at $10,000 and he didn't have to pay anything to be
free. The federal prosecutor wanted him kept in a medical facility for treatment, but the judge allowed him to be treated as an outpatient.
Here's some more info about the probation officer and his connection to the judge.
Fogarty, during the interview at his home, told FBI Agent Joe Murphy that he used coc aine with Christ and Cook. He went on to tell Murphy
that the judges split an eight-ball of coc aine, about an eighth of an ounce, paying about $140 apiece. Forgarty told Murphy that he remembered
hoping that it wasn't an overdose when he'd heard that Christ died. Fogarty related a conversation that he had with Cook a couple of days after
Christ's death. Fogarty talked to Cook in his chambers and Cook told Forgarty that he heard a bang and went into the bathroom of the Pike County
hunting cabin where the two were staying and found Christ dead on the floor, according to the affidavit. Fogarty estimated that Cook had been to his
residence 15-20 times and used coc aine approximately 10 times and occasionally at golf outings, the affidavit stated. Read more here:
I plan to keep following this case and will post more as it comes out.