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Fate of Former St. Clair County Judge Still in Limbo

Fate of Former St. Clair County Judge Still in Limbo

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A disgraced Illinois judge at the center of a courthouse drug scandal is getting time to square away things before serving a two-year sentence on heroin and gun convictions.

But exactly where Michael Cook will spend his time behind bars remains murky. A filing by U.S. District Judge Joe Billy McDade shows the former St. Clair County judge must surrender by May 28 to whatever lockup the Federal Bureau of Prisons slots for him.

McDade also recommends that Cook be placed in a prison in Florida, Alabama or South Carolina.

Cook resigned last year. He was charged after the cocaine-overdose death of a fellow judge while the two were at the Cook family’s hunting cabin.

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