A Belleville man says he sold cocaine to two St. Clair County judges, leading to the death of one of them. 45 year old James Fogarty was a probation worker who apparently used drugs with the judges on a regular basis and allegedly told the FBI he bought the cocaine on March 9th and gave it to Judges Joseph Christ and Michael Cook before they left on a hunting trip to Pike County near Pleasant Hill.
Judge Christ died of cocaine intoxication at the hunting lodge owned by Cook's father the next day. Judge Cook was arrested last week and is facing charges of possession of heroin, and possession of a firearm while under the influence of heroin. He has been released on bond. Fogarty was arraigned in federal court in East St. Louis on Monday and is charged with distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. He has pleaded not guilty. U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Steven Wigginton says the investigation is ongoing and could reach outside St. Clair County before it is complete.