Judge Michael Cook Steps Down Amidst Drug Scandal

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A judge accused of using heroin and violating gun laws has stepped down after his friend and colleague died during a hunting trip.

Judge Michael Cook of St. Clair County, Illinois, was hunting with Judge Joe Christ, when Christ died of complications from cocaine intoxication. 

Hours after it was announced last week that Christ died due to a cocaine overdose, Federal prosecutors charged Cook with heroin possession and handling a firearm while intoxicated.

Less than a week after he was charged with possession of heroin, Cook resigned from his position. 

He pleaded not guilty to the charges and has been released on bond. St. Clair County Chief Judge John Baricevic said Cook is now in a rehabilitation facility.

James K. Fogarty was also charged in connection with the scandal after he allegedly supplied the judges with the drugs. Fogarty was a probation officer for the county.

Sean McGilvery was charged with cocaine and heroin charges from the investigation of Christ's death. 

Sources: Inquisitr, Fox