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Cook County Judge Found Not Guilty by Insanity in Battery Case

Judge Cynthia Brim, who has a long history of mental illness, was found not guilty at her Monday misdemeanor battery trial, according to a Sun-Times Media report.

Cook County Judge Cynthia Brim was found not guilty Monday by reason of insanity after a misdemeanor battery trial, the Sun-Times Media reports.

Judge Brim was in court for shoving a Sheriff’s deputy back in March after he asked her why she decided to throw her keys at a security checkpoint at the Daley Center, according to the report. She was dressed in hospital scrubs and a fur coat at the time of the confrontation, and allegedly off her medications.

Brim has a history of bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorder that predates her move up to the bench in 1994, the Sun-Times reports, and she’s been hospitalized five times since 1993 for psychotic episodes.

Nonetheless, Brim won re-election for her $182,000 yearly position last November in spite of consistently low marks from local bar associations.

Read the whole story by the Sun-Times Media

Chris Wharry February 07, 2013 at 08:10 AM
Shouldn't all cases that she has presided over be overturned then as she has been insane since she was diagnosed. Or did her insanity only begin with ther battery of another individual.
Dinkum February 07, 2013 at 09:50 AM
I also voted AGAINST her retention. Unlike many voters in D2 I actually took the time BEFORE the election and did RESEARCH on the judges. As I recall there were 3-4 that needed to GO. We now see the new way to excuse poor work performance, extended absence (and still get paid) or aggressive behavior. Get diagnosed as bipolar.
yasmine February 10, 2013 at 04:06 PM
If a judge is voted out, they still get appointed, despite the wishes of the public. Happens all the time. Separation of powers is no more.
frank February 10, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Second City Cop Blog noted that the judge be a Jackson relative(Niece) Keep in mind her salary is $161,929 annually. Wake up people. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Jack Inhoff February 14, 2013 at 06:38 AM
That explains a LOT. I hope she doesn't tarnish the family good name.

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