Judge delays trial for suspect in courthouse drug scandal

News-DemocratJuly 3, 2013 

Sean D. McGilvery, an accused heroin dealer and key figure in a drug scandal that has rocked the St. Clair County court.


— The judge in the federal drug case against Sean McGilvery on Wednesday granted a motion to continue the trial so that discovery material can be reviewed by his attorney.

U.S. District Court Judge Michael Reagan granted the motion filed by McGilvery's lawyer Rodney Holmes and extended the trial's start date from July 29 to Sept. 16.

Holmes filed the motion on Tuesday in order to get time to review the material that consists of 10 CDs. The first CD alone consists of 1,900 pages of documents, according to the motion.

Assistant U.S. Attorney James L. Porter did not protest the continuance of 60 days beyond the initial trial date of July 29, Holmes' motion stated.

McGilvery, 34, is charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute heroin. He remains in custody.

McGilvery is linked to the federal misdemeanor possession and felony weapons case against former St. Clair County circuit judge Mike Cook, who is in a rehabilitation drug treatment center. Cook was arrested on May 22 by federal agents outside McGilvery's home in Belleville.

McGilvery previously sought release on bail in order to get treatment at a drug rehabilitation center but Magistrate Judge Donald Wilkerson denied the motion, citing McGilvery's "ferocious" consumption of drugs and the risk that he would not show up for court.

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