Tuesday, February 5, 2013

You Don't Have To Be Crazy To Be A Judge In Chicago...

...but it won't hinder you come election time. ChiefJayBob sends in this lovely tidbit out of Chi-town:

Judge who shoved deputy found not guilty by reason of insanity
Cook County Judge Cynthia Brim, on trial for shoving a sheriff's deputy at the Daley Center last year, has been found not guilty of battery by reason of insanity.
Brim had approached deputies in the Daley Center last March and, without identifying herself, asked if they had found any keys, authorities have said previously. Deputies showed her three sets of keys and Brim claimed a set and walked away.
She later came back, threw the keys at one deputy and shoved another, and was promptly arrested. As the link above shows, she was found not guilty by reason of insanity. This isn't the first time she's been found to be less-than-sane:
Brim has been hospitalized five times since her 1994 election after going off her anti-psychotic meds, according to testimony.
In 2004, firefighters removed her from a courtroom and took her to a hospital, said psychiatrist Matthew Markos.
And... wait for it...
Brim was re-elected to another six-year term as a judge in November. She was backed by the Cook County Democratic Party as well as the Committee for Retention of Judges in Cook County, a campaign committee funded by judges.
Even though she has been declared legally insane, she has been re-elected to her position as judge through tireless lobbying by a committee for judges. Nope. No conflict there, nosirree. I think if I were a cocky young defense attorney who had lost a prosecution in her courtroom I would be filing appeals like they were giving away $100 bills.

These are the custodians of justice, folks. This woman is a stark, raving loon - it says so right on her court papers - and yet she is currently sitting on a bench overseeing cases. There is nothing in the article to indicate that she will be removed from her position as a judge as a result of this judgement; it is anyone's guess as to whether she will miss even a day of work due to this. A certified crazy person sits in judgement in Chicago, folks.

We are honestly and truly through the looking glass here.

That is all.


Andie said...

Hm, doing a quick scan of other articles about her shows she has been on indefinite suspension, and that she has been determined by peerage as "not qualified." See this: http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/15692142-418/despite-bad-reviews-shaky-mental-health-judge-likely-to-be-retained.html

As for the retention vote, check out the comments from one David Morrison of the IL Campaign for Political Reform...


Anonymous said...

I knew justice was suppose to be blind but crazy too?

If the judge who heard your court case is certified crazy can you appeal your conviction?


Bubblehead Les. said...

So, did Chicago add her name to the NICS System in case she decided to cross the Cook County Line and buy a Glock? I'm SURE she can get an Illinois FOID Card any day of the week, being a Judge and all.

And how big a Paycheck does she get?