Fogarty Granted Bond In St. Clair County Judge Drug Case

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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI) - The probation officer who admitted to selling drugs to two St. Clair County judges is now out on bail.

A Federal magistrate released James Fogarty, 45, on $10,000 unsecured bond.  As a condition of his release, Fogarty will be electronically monitored and confined to his home.

Fogarty will, however, be able to work if he finds job, attend religious services and participate in drug treatment programs.

Fogarty is considered a key witness in the drug case of former Illinois judge Michael Cook and the death of judge Joe Christ.

In a federal complaint, Fogarty admitted to purchasing cocaine and reselling it to Cook and Christ.

The U.S. Attorney originally asked that Fogarty be denied bond but indicated he was satisfied with the conditions of his release.

Fogarty's release comes just days after a 911 call was released where former judge Michael Cook is talking to a dispatcher after he found the body of fellow judge Joe Christ.  That was back on March 10 when cook discovered Christ in a bathroom in Cook's hunting cabin in Pike County.

A coroner determined that Christ died of a cocaine overdose and a heart attack.  The dispatcher asked Cook to try and turn Christ over but cook said Christ was too heavy.

Cook was arrested last month outside the Belleville home of a man now facing heroin charges. Cook himself is now facing a heroin possession charge and weapons charge. He has since resigned his judgeship.

Fogarty is charged with distribution and intent to distribute cocaine.

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