Former St. Clair County Judge Michael Cook has been assigned to a halfway house in St. Louis. Cook is nearing the end of a two-year sentence for heroin possession and gun charges. The halfway house is the same facility assigned to Cook's former drug dealer, former St. Clair County probation officer James Fogerty.
Cook had presided over more than 1,700 felony cases, and was the sitting judge on the county's drug court. Problems in the St. Clair County law enforcement community first came to light when fellow judge Joe Christ was found dead on the bathroom floor of the Cook's family's hunting cabin in Pike County in March of 2013. Christ died of cocaine toxicity.