• Ex-judge in drug case hopes for delayed trial

    by  • June 18, 2013 • News

    Attorneys for a former southwestern Illinois judge want to delay his July trial, saying he needs more time at a drug treatment facility. courtgavel_1353175955264_328934_ver1.0_320_240

    Mike Cook was charged with heroin and gun possession as part of a widening courthouse drug scandal.

    The Belleville News-Democrat reports Cook’s lawyers are hoping to get the case delayed because the former St. Clair County Circuit Court judge is “generally unreachable” at an out-of-state rehabilitation facility. He’s expected to remain there for several more weeks.

    Cook’s denied the federal charges and is free on bond.

    The 43-year-old resigned in May. He was charged in the case after the March death of colleague who died from a cocaine overdose at Cook’s hunting cabin in western Illinois’ Pike County.

    Cook isn’t charged in connection with the death.