Chicago Judge Wants Job Back Despite Being Declared Insane

Monday, 31 Mar 2014 12:29 PM

By Lisa Barron

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Chicago judge Cynthia Brim, a Democrat, has asked a judicial disciplinary panel to allow her to return to the bench after she was declared legally insane in 2012.

Brim, 55, testified before the Illinois Courts Commission for more than two hours March 28, arguing that her psychotic episodes can be controlled through medication, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Brim was suspended in March 2011 after shoving a sheriff's deputy outside the city's Daley Center and was found not guilty of misdemeanor battery by reason of insanity last year.
Testimony during the one-day trial revealed that Brim had been hospitalized five times for psychotic episodes, four of which took place during her time on the bench, and each one was related to her being off her medications at the time, the Chicago Sun Times reported.

On Friday, Brim, who has continued to collect her annual $182,000 salary, reportedly maintained that she has consistently taken her medications, as required by her probation in the battery case, and was able to carry out her duties.

"I can serve as a judge with full capability as long as I continue to take the medication as prescribed," she said. "I've had two years to think about this, and I have a different perspective and understanding of my condition. I realize now I have to stay on my medications and see a psychiatrist on a regular basis."

John Gallo, an attorney for the Judicial Inquiry Board that filed the disciplinary charges, did not agree, telling the Tribune that if she served again, people whose cases she was judging would question her ability.

"They're looking at a judge who said to a court that she was at one point in time … insane," he said.

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