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Former judge Michael Cook Trial set for December

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BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI) - The trial date for a former St. Clair County judge has been set. Michael Cook will go on trial beginning December 9th.

Cook is accused of misdemeanor heroin possession and a felony charge of being a drug user in possession of a firearm.

Cook was arrested in May outside the home of Sean McGilvery in Belleville. McGilvery is charged for dealing heroin.

The case led to charges against a St. Clair County probation officer, James Fogarty. Fogarty says he sold cocaine to Cook and Associate Judge Joseph Christ. Christ died of an overdose on March 10th in Michael Cook's cabin.