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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Judge wants back on bench after insanity ruling

Can a suspended Cook County judge return to the bench after being declared legally insane at the time she shoved a sheriff’s deputy in 2012?

For the first time in Illinois, attorneys on the case say, a judicial disciplinary panel has begun tackling the question of whether a judge whose psychotic episodes can apparently be controlled through medication should be allowed to return to the bench.

Judge Cynthia Brim, 55, testified before the Illinois Courts Commission for more than two hours on Friday in a bid to save her $182,000-a-year job. The seven-member panel – made up of judges from outside of Cook County as well as two citizens – will later issue a written decision.

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Anonymous said...

Control of psychosis through drug treatment is a BIG deal, and usually comes with behavioral changes that are unwanted side effects of the medication(s), many of which would not be compatible with life-altering decision-making for others, such as court defendants.
She shouldn't have copped an insanity defense in the first place if she wanted to keep her job. This in itself shows a lack of ability to adequately grasp the consequences of one's actions.

lmclain said...

That's who I want deciding if do 25-life --- a crazy ace judge.
But she'd have to be crazy NOT to want that $182,000 job back.

Anonymous said...

Judge Judy needs to cop an insanity plea.

Anonymous said...

We already have enough crazy judges on the bench.

Anonymous said...

nothing crazy about trying to keep a good gig

Anonymous said...

Seems to me this would be like letting a convicted rapist be a leader for the girl scouts if he takes his medication. Stupid!!