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Friday, April 13, 2012

Courts - "Cook County judge (who is up for retention this fall) pleads ‘not guilty’ in courthouse incident "

Lisa Donovan has the story in the Chicago Sun Times. Some quotes:

Cook County Judge Cynthia Brim found herself on the other side of the bench Friday as she stood before a judge and pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge lodged after she shoved a deputy at a downtown Chicago courthouse last month. * * *

On March 9, Brim was arrested at the Daley Center court complex after throwing a set of keys and shoving a Cook County sheriff’s deputy at a security checkpoint in the courthouse. She was briefly locked up in a holding cell in the courthouse basement before being released on her own recognizance.

A day earlier — on March 8 — Brim was seen acting erratically on the bench as she presided over traffic cases in the county’s Markham courthouse. She was hearing traffic cases on tickets written by South Holland, that town’s police chief confirmed. * * *

Several days after her courtroom outburst and arrest, Brim was removed from the bench indefinitely by a panel of judges who preside over everything from the civil to the criminal divisions of the local court system.

According to the order the judges’ panel issued: “There is reasonable cause to believe that a medical examination may reveal that Judge Brim presently is unable to perform her judicial duties, which could result in serious injury to the public or impede the orderly administration of justice.”

The judge’s unrestricted access to court facilities has been revoked.

It’s unclear whether she’ll continue collecting her $175,000-a-year paycheck.

Brim, who is up for retention on the November ballot, became a judge in 1994. She was re-elected in 2000 and 2006, though she wasn’t recommended by a majority of area bar associations either time.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 13, 2012 02:58 PM
Posted to Courts in general