A federal judge from outside the Southern District of Illinois will preside over the drug trial of former St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook. That after U.S. District Court Judge William Stiehl recused himself on Wednesday.
Chief Judge David Herndon told the Belleville News Democrat that he's requested that the chief judge for the federal 7th Circuit in Illinois assign a new judge after determining that all of the judges in the Southern District would recuse themselves.
Cook has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor heroine charges and felony weapons charges. His trial is scheduled to begin October 1st.