Judge Who Bought Heroin "Daily" Faces 18 Months; His Dealer Gets 10 Years

Categories: Crime, Drugs

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Former Judge Michael Cook
The judge who went to party with a bunch of heroin at his parent's cabin and then saw his buddy judge die from an overdose is facing 18 months in prison. The guy who sold him the heroin was sentenced to 10 years on Thursday.

Former St. Clair County judge Michael Cook ("former" because of the heroin) is charged with a misdemeanor for possessing heroin and a felony for possessing heroin along with firearms - and he really liked firearms. For those charges, the feds investigating the case have recommended the ex-judge spend about a year and a half behind bars.

Sean D. McGilvery, the heroin dealer and longtime friend of Cook who sold the judge goods on an "almost daily basis" was convicted of conspiracy to distribute 1.01 kilograms of heroin. Any amount over one kilo carries a federal mandatory minimum of 10 years. If McGilvery had a few grams less, he could have received a five-year sentence.

"That's the difference in weight of about two nickels," says U.S. District Judge Michael Reagan, according to the Belleville News-Democrat.

Selling drugs is a bigger crime than buying drugs in the eyes of the U.S. legal system and federal prosecutors said there was no reason to give Cook a longer than normal sentence. However, the disparity of these two sentences has raised the eyebrows of at least one other judge, who says that because Cook was a jurist who presided over drug cases - probably while on drugs given his admittedly very intense addiction - and allegedly gave shorter sentences to clients in exchange for drugs, he should get a tougher sentence.

See also: Judge Michael Cook's 911 Call Before Judge Joe Christ's Death; "I Love Him Like a Brother"

"The potential impact of his conduct, in how it may have affected trials he presided over and sentences he imposed while addicted to illegal substances, are immeasurable yet cannot be ignored," says U.S. District Judge Joe Billy McDade, according to the Madison St. Clair Record.

McDade says that in addition to being higher than a 1960's rock star while presiding over drug cases, other reasons to depart from a normal sentence include "disruption of government functions" and giving reason for the public to lose confidence in the judicial system.

Of course, the public may have already lost whatever confidence they had in the judicial system once Cook was discovered to have rocked a "Bad Is My Middle Name" t-shirt, but that's another matter.

See also: Illinois Judge Michael Cook Faces Heroin, Gun Charges, Wears "Bad Is My Middle Name" Shirt

Cook's sentencing is scheduled for February 26.

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18 comments
Serafino Skyler Bland
Serafino Skyler Bland

Deserves nothing less than a life sentence and any rape that may come with it.

Julie Case
Julie Case

What a JOKE....he will probably only have to serve 6 months. If he wasn't a judge, they would lock him up and throw away the key.

Matt Whiteaker
Matt Whiteaker

Funny how the racist calling people idiot can never spell...

Cheryl Tyler-Kopp
Cheryl Tyler-Kopp

He should get the same amount of time that a person on the street would get. HE IS NO DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER PERSON USING DRUGS.

Rog Berry
Rog Berry

so murderers get less time? someone could rape your mom and get less time than a judge doing heroin?

David B Fowler
David B Fowler

Already lost faith in judicial system 20+years ago

Tanya Brown
Tanya Brown

He was the judge that had my grandmas murder case. He was responsible for the hearings on all 3 murderers who took her life. He was arrested before trials ended leaving us having to start with 2 new judges. He should be getting more in my opinion.

Dana Jones Henson
Dana Jones Henson

He needs to be punished harsher ...he knew better & had the balls to decide others fate because of drugs. All those cases should be retried. There is no justice here !!!!!!!,,

Don Benecke
Don Benecke

Probably started with oxy (prescription drug), you know Like RUsh, and when you can't get it the next step is heroin, He's lucky to be alive.

Adam Usher
Adam Usher

It took the very first post to turn this into a racial thing. Good job idiot. Get the fuck over your selfs. He should of gotten a longer sentence in my eyes also.

Michael Burns
Michael Burns

He should get life. Authority figures should be held in a higher standard. Therefor have higher penalties when they abuse the system

Rick Kohn
Rick Kohn

if was some black kid, they'd get 10 years.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

Truth to hard for your pansy ass to take redneck?? Get the fuck over yourself

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