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Cook County Judge Found Not Guilty by Insanity in Battery Case

Judge Cynthia Brim, who has a long history of mental illness, was found not guilty at her Monday misdemeanor battery trial, according to a Sun-Times Media report.

Cook County Judge Found Not Guilty by Insanity in Battery Case

Cook County Judge Cynthia Brim was found not guilty Monday by reason of insanity after a misdemeanor battery trial, the Sun-Times Media reports.

Judge Brim was in court for shoving a Sheriff’s deputy back in March after he asked her why she decided to throw her keys at a security checkpoint at the Daley Center, according to the report. She was dressed in hospital scrubs and a fur coat at the time of the confrontation, and allegedly off her medications.

Brim has a history of bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorder that predates her move up to the bench in 1994, the Sun-Times reports, and she’s been hospitalized five times since 1993 for psychotic episodes.

Nonetheless, Brim won re-election for her $182,000 yearly position last November in spite of consistently low marks from local bar associations.

Read the whole story by the Sun-Times Media

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