ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Ill. (KSDK) - A St. Clair County circuit judge was released Friday morning on bond after pleading "not guilty" to drug possession charges.
Circuit Court Judge Michael Cook was charged with unlawful use of a controlled substance while in possession of a firearm and one charge of possession of heroin. He appeared in court Friday wearing a cut-off jean shorts and a t-shirt reading: "'Bad' is my middle name."
A jury trial was scheduled for July 15. After entering his plea, Cook was released on a $10,000 recognizance bond.
Prosecutors also charged a suspected heroin dealer with distributing at least a kilo of heroin. Federal agents arrested Judge Cook at Sean McGilvary's home Wednesday night.
Court documents say St. Clair county probation officer James Fogarty told agents he sold cocaine to both judges and he did the drugs with them at times.
The FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration are both involved in this case.
Federal agencies, with the help of Illinois State Police and the DEA, raided a home on 38th Street in Belleville Wednesday night. Court documents said they also searched Cook, his home in Belleville, and his hunting cabin in Pleasant Hill, Illinois; the same hunting cabin where Circuit Judge Joe Christ died earlier this year.
On March 10, Pike County sheriff's deputies responded to the hunting cabin after Cook said he found Christ dead. There was an investigation into Judge Christ's death and the sheriff said it took the past two months to determine he died of cocaine intoxication.
Judge Cook was banned from hearing hundreds of cases as a result of the investigation. His cases have been reassigned.
Fogarty will go to court on Tuesday to face charges of distribution of drugs.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.