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      Judge rejects plea deal in Pike County, Ill. death

      A new plea deal has been ordered for a former judge accused of drug charges after a colleague died at a Pike County, Illinois hunting lodge.Former judge Michael Cook pleaded guilty last fall to a felony weapons charge and a misdemeanor heroin charge in exchange for a prison term of 18 months.A federal judge has rejected the deal and given both sides until March 19th to come up with a new one.Cook was charged after his friend and fellow judge, Joe Christ, died of cocaine intoxication on March 10 of 2013 in Pike County Illinois.The two men were visiting a hunting lodge owned by Cookâ??s family near Pleasant Hill.Cook had been the subject of a federal investigation into drug use.
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