James Fogarty Pleads Not Guilty to Role in St. Clair County Drug Scandal

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BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI)-- James Fogarty told a Federal Judge he`s not guilty.  Fogarty is the former probation officer accused of supplying cocaine to Judges in St. Clair County.  Fox 2`s Chris Hayes was the only television reporter in the courtroom when Fogarty answered the charges.

Before the hearing, I sat just one seat over from James Fogarty as he laughed with his attorney.  The defendant seemed in good spirits and confident before he told a judge he`s not guilty.

He remains out on bond, so Fox 2 was able to shoot video of Fogarty as he came and went from Federal Court in East Saint Louis.

According to Federal Agents, Fogarty already admitted to them that he sold drugs to two St. Clair County Judges, former Judge Michael Cook and deceased Judge Joe Christ.  Christ died of a cocaine overdose.
I asked Fogarty about the drug devastation in which he`s connected.

Chris Hayes approached James Fogarty after Court and said, "Mr. Fogarty, I'm Chris Hayes with Fox 2.  What would you say to the families upended by this drug use?"  Fogarty had no comment.  He remained silent as he calmly walked away with an unknown person.

The Judge set trial for August 26th.  The feds have also said Fogarty is a key witness in the St. Clair County drug scandal that may include other, unnamed, high profile people.

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