Suspended IL Judge Seeks Return to Bench After Mental Episodes
A legal panel in Illinois is weighing whether a judge can return to the bench after being declared legally insane two years ago. Judge Cynthia Brim, 55, argued Friday that her psychotic episodes can be controlled with medication and asked the panel to allow her to return to her $182,000-a-year position
Here's more on the case from the Chicago Tribune:
Brim was found not guilty of misdemeanor battery by reason of insanity last year for shoving a sheriff’s deputy outside the Daley Center during a manic episode in March 2012. A day earlier, while on the bench, she broke into an extended rant while presiding over a traffic court call at the Markham courthouse.
“I just broke like a pencil,” Brim told the commission Friday, saying she was feeling stressed that day because there was only one courtroom deputy present for a busy call. “It was totally inappropriate for me to say what I did at that time – or any other time.”
Brim was effectively suspended from her duties as a judge after the battery charges were filed but was nonetheless returned to the bench by voters weeks later. She has continued to collect her $182,000 salary since her 2012 suspension.
On Friday, Brim said she was once again able to fulfill her duties as judge. Over the last two years, she said, she has consistently taken her medications – a requirement of her probation in the battery case – and has not had any psychotic episodes.
Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano, a former New Jersey Superior Court judge, analyzed the case this morning on Fox and Friends. He pointed out that Brim's annual salary is higher than federal judges, and she'll likely be able to keep it no matter how her case turns out.
Since she's been elected, Napolitano explained that to remove her completely Illinois lawmakers would have to undertake a "difficult, highly politicized" impeachment. He believes the judicial review will conclude that Brim can keep her job, with pay, but will not sit on the bench anymore.
The question that remains is whether Democrats in Chicago will decide to put Brim's name on the ballot again in November.
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