ONE JUDGE DIES FROM AN OVERDOSE–SECOND JUDGE CHARGED WITH POSSESSION Michael Cook, St. Clair County, Illinois drug court judge resigned after he was charged in Federal Court with possession of heroin and related weapons charges. His friend and colleague on the bench, Judge Joseph D. Christ, a former prosecutor died in Cook’s family hunting cabin from a cocaine overdose in March. Cook was the only other person present in the lodge but he is not considered a suspect. At the time of his arrest Cook was at the residence of a former client, Sean D. McGilvery who is being charged with possession for sale of heroin. James Fogarty, a county probation department employee is charged with supplying the cocaine to Christ and Cook. Ironically Cook served as the court’s drug court judge and handled approximately ninety per cent of the county’s drug cases at the same time he was addicted to cocaine and heroin. His addiction was unknown to those who worked with him. One must wonder whether his addiction affected his decisions. He may have gone easy on defendants because he knew how easy it is to become addicted or he may have been particularly tough on those charged with drug offenses in order not to expose his addiction. In either case I presume an investigation will follow.