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(KTVI) - A former St. Clair County judge now at the center of a heroin scandal has agreed to a suspension of his law license.

Mike Cook is already facing charges for heroin possession and weapons violations.   The criminal trial for Cook on the heroin and weapons charges was suppose to begin at the federal court house Tuesday, but it has been postponed until October 1.

Court documents say his law license has been suspended effective immediately.  The order says Cook is charged with a crime involving "moral turpitude" and that he "freely and voluntarily" agreed to the suspension.

Cook was arrested in May outside of the Belleville home of a man now facing heroin charges.  That came some two months after Judge Joe Christ died from a cocaine overdose and a heart attack while at Cook's Pike County hunting lodge.

Former St. Clair County probation officer James Fogarty allegedly sold cocaine to Cook and Christ the day before they went to the lodge.  Cook found Christ's body in a bathroom at the lodge.  Hear the 911 Call

Cook, who was a drug court judge, has resigned his judgeship and has been at a drug treatment facility in Minnesota.

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