Cook judge’s case moved post-election
By Michael Sneed Sun-Times Media October 2, 2012 6:04PM
Updated: November 4, 2012 6:25AM
A Cook County Circuit Court judge, removed from the bench in March because of erratic behavior and a misdemeanor arrest, this week had her criminal case continued to Nov. 7 — the day after the election in which she will seek retention to her judgeship.
Cynthia Brim, a judge since 1994, was suspended indefinitely by a panel of supervising judges after being charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly shoving a sheriff’s deputy at the Daley Center and tossing a set of keys at a security checkpoint. The committee of judges found that Brim’s conduct reflected “adversely upon her fitness to serve.”
The day before the Daley Center incident, Brim was ordered out of her courtroom at the courthouse in Markham, where she heard traffic cases, after a 45-minute tirade from the bench in which she accused Southland police of ticketing only black and Hispanic drivers and of conspiring to get her fired.
Brim has been evaluated by a court-appointed psychiatrist who found her to be “legally insane” at the time of the Daley Center altercation and that she “lacked substantial capacity to appreciate the criminality of her act,” according to court documents. However, the psychiatrist also reported that Brim is now “mentally fit with medication.”
In the 2000 and 2006 elections, voters kept Brim on the bench despite her receiving negative ratings and not being recommended by area bar associations.