Drug Court Judge Among Those Implicated in IL Courthouse Drug Scandal


Drug-testing is the latest rage at the St. Clair County, Il., courthouse, says columnist Bill McClellan of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. As McClellan describes it, “They've got a judge in rehab for heroin. Not just a judge, either. The drug court judge. Actually, the former drug court judge. He has offered to resign. They've got another judge dead of cocaine intoxication. He was partying with the drug court judge. Furthermore, the man who has admitted supplying the cocaine to the judges works in the probation office.” The Drug Enforcement Administration estimates that $65 billion in U.S. spending each year on illegal drugs. The U.S. is the No. 1 market in the world. The probation officer in St. Clair County said he sold the judges an eight-ball — that is, an eighth of an ounce of cocaine — for $275. McClellan says the most fascinating thing about the case may be that when a prosecutor argued against bail for the probation officer, he said that the probation worker had implicated “prominent people,” and the government was fearful that those people might encourage the defendant to flee. The columnist says, “You can't make an argument like that and not eventually produce these prominent people.”

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