A former St. Clair County probation officer is admitting that he sold cocaine to two judges. 46 year old James Fogarty says he sold it to them regularly and sometimes took drugs with them. One of those judges died, the other is reportedly planning to plead guilty to heroin charges this week in a scandal that has rocked the St. Clair County law enforcement community.
Fogarty’s admission in U.S. District Court Wednesday is part of a five-year plea deal, but Judge Michael Reagan says if it's proven that the drugs he sold were directly responsible for the man’s death, the deal will be off. St. Clair County Associate Judge Joe Christ died of acute cocaine toxicity at a Pike County hunting lodge that belonged to the family of former Circuit Judge Michael Cook. Cook is expected to plead guilty tomorrow to misdemeanor heroin possession and to being a user in possession of a firearm. Federal prosecutors say the investigation continues and more people could be implicated in the case.