The judge He looks so inocent they should let him go ? We all wonder if he gave drugs to children ?
October 22, 2013 § Leave a comment
The question is the underline links of the appearance to the connections to will county court house and its players look close some went to school and other went to conferances attended with …….
Drug dealer says he sold heroin to St. Clair County judge on ‘almost daily basis’
EAST ST. LOUIS • A St. Clair County circuit court judge bought heroin on “an almost daily basis,” a drug dealer said Thursday as part of his guilty plea to federal drug conspiracy charges.
Sean D. McGilvery, 34, of Belleville, admitted that he conspired to sell heroin and said in a court document that then-St. Clair County Judge Michael N. Cook was a regular customer.
McGilvery is a key figure in a drug scandal that has rocked the St. Clair County Courthouse.
Cook was arrested in May outside McGilvery’s home and charged with misdemeanor heroin possession and a felony charge of being a drug user in possession of a firearm. The judge, who had presided over past cases involving McGilvery, has resigned from the bench but pleaded not guilty.
Cook, 43, “would come to the residence where McGilvery was residing and pick up amounts of heroin on an almost daily basis,” according to a court document that McGilvery, the federal prosecutor and the defense lawyer signed Thursday.
The case also led to charges against a St. Clair County probation officer, James Fogarty, who reportedly told an FBI agent that he sold cocaine to Cook and another judge, Joseph Christ, 49. Christ died of a cocaine overdose at a cabin owned by Cook in March, shortly after becoming an associate judge.
Cook’s trial is set for Dec. 9. Fogarty also pleaded not guilty; his trial is set for Nov. 18.
McGilvery pleaded guilty Thursday of conspiracy to distribute, and possession with intent to distribute, more than a kilogram of heroin. U.S. District Judge Michael J. Reagan set McGilvery’s sentencing for Jan. 23.
A plea deal for McGilvery calls for 10 years in prison. But the sentencing range is 10 years to life in prison. Reagan asked probation officers to pull together a report before sentencing that will detail McGilvery’s background and criminal history. This is McGilvery’s first felony conviction.
In court, McGilvery wore an orange jumpsuit marked “White County Jail.” His attorney, Rodney Holmes, said McGilvery was moved from the St. Clair County jail to White County, along the Indiana border, because dental care is better at that jail and he needed a root canal.
McGilvery has been jailed ever since his arrest. McGilvery’s attorney, Rodney Holmes, said his client is a heroin addict but hasn’t gotten any drug treatment in jail. The first time he visited his client in jail, McGilvery was in withdrawal, Holmes said.
“The first time I met with him, he was sweating and we met with a trash can” because he was vomiting from withdrawal, Holmes said.
In court Thursday, McGilvery told Reagan that he was not under the influence of drugs and hadn’t been in treatment for drug addiction in the last 60 days. McGilvery told Reagan he was thinking clearly and understood the plea. He answered “yes, sir” and “no, sir” when Reagan asked him questions.
Cook, meanwhile, is free on a $10,000 unsecured bail and reportedly went to a drug rehabilitation facility in Minnesota.
Cook had been in charge of the county’s special court for drug court offenders. Some defendants who appeared before Cook while he was a judge have sought new trials because of his drug arrest. Others have been allowed by prosecutors to withdraw guilty pleas. Among defendants who appeared before Cook was McGilvery. In 2011, Cook signed an order dismissing a drug case against McGilvery on the recommendation of prosecutors after McGilvery completed a 41-day stint in “drug school.”
Criminal complaints against McGilvery claim he conspired with Deborah A. Perkins, 65, and her son, Douglas William Oliver, 47, to deal heroin.
Court records show that Cook handled some motions delaying a criminal case in which Oliver and Perkins were accused of concealing the death of Jessica Williams, 30, originally of Collinsville, who officials believe overdosed on heroin at the pair’s home in Fairview Heights. Oliver and Perkins have pleaded guilty.