Former judge Michael Cook expected to change plea to “guilty”
EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI) - A former judge at the center of the St. Clair county courthouse scandal is set to plead guilty. Mike Cook faces heroin and weapons charges.
Court records indicate that Cook will change his plea from not guilty to guilty here at the East St. Louis federal courthouse. That hearing is set to happen a week from today in front of Judge Joe Billy McDade.
Cook, 43, was arrested back in may outside the Belleville home of Sean McGilvery, who has already pleaded guilty to heroin dealing charges in a separate case.
Court documents in that case revealed that Cook picked up heroin at McGilvery`s home almost daily.
Cook`s case broke open after one of his fellow judge`s Joe Christ died from a cocaine overdose while with Cook while at Cook`s hunting lodge in pike county, Illinois back in March.
Cook first became a judge back in 2010 and presided over some 1700 cases before resigning from the bench after his arrest. Some of those cases have now come under scrutiny.
Cook’s law license has since been suspendedand he has attended a drug rehab center in Minnesota. Cook’s trial had been set to start December 9.
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