Caught Needle Handed: Illinois Judge Michael Cook Quits Amid Accusations Of Heroin Possession

Update: The Illinois Supreme Court accepted St. Clair Co. Judge Michael Cook’s resignation today. Cook faces federal charges.

EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI) – A St. Clair County judge faces drug charges has resigned. Judge Michael Cook resigned on Wednesday as he defends himself against federal heroin and gun charges.

His colleague Judge Joe Christ died in Cook’s cabin while the two were on a hunting trip from cocaine intoxication. Chief Judge John Baricevic says Cook sent the notice through his attorney. Judge Baricevic sent the resignation letter to the Illinois Supreme Court for acceptance or rejection.

On Tuesday the U.S. Attorney for the District of Southern Illinois Stephen Wigginton said his investigation is wide open. There are a number of …


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