Too sweet a plea deal

December 5, 2013 

I'm not a judge or a former judge, but what a sweet deal for Michael Cook, the drug-using former judge. Eighteen months in federal prison -- what a joke. He should have gotten the maximum because he violated the trust of the people of St. Clair County.

Stephen Wiggington as the U.S. Attorney should not have accepted or approved a plea deal in this case. Cook did not start with cocaine and heroin, he must have been using marijuana for a lot of years.

So now does Cook or former county probation officer James Fogarty get charged with with Associate Judge Joe Christ's drug overdose death? Supplier and/or middleman? After all, Christ died on Cook family property in Pike County.

James J. Harrigan


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