A Democratic Party-backed judge who won re-election in November while facing battery charges was found not guilty Monday — by reason of insanity. …
Bar associations have recommended since 2000 that Brim be tossed from her $182,000-a-year job, but voters have kept returning her to the bench. Experts have said Brim’s case highlights the difficulty of unseating a judge up for retention in Cook County. …
Testimony revealed that Brim has been hospitalized five times after suffering mental breakdowns in the 18 years since she was first elected. In 2004, Brim was carried off the bench at a suburban courthouse after she froze while addressing her courtroom before starting the day, standing mute until someone called paramedics, her attorney said.Brim, 54, was diagnosed years ago with a bipolar type of schizoaffective disorder, which means she experiences delusions and hallucinations, psychiatrist Mathew Markos testified. The symptoms can be kept in check with medication, he testified.
via Chicago Tribune.
“The symptoms can be kept in check with medication….” Well history suggests that either the medication doesn’t work on her or she doesn’t take her meds as prescribed. Either way she doesn’t belong on the bench.
It’s time for the Chief Judge to step in and remove her from the bench.