A Cook County Circuit Court judge was handily reelected Tuesday a matter of hours before she was due to appear in court for allegedly assaulting a deputy sheriff this spring, an attack her attorney previously blamed on the fact that the judge was "legally insane" at the time. ...I guess I have to say that she is innocent until proven guilty on the criminal charge, but I would fire her just for having bipolar disorder. We have high unemployment and the job pays $182k. Can't they find someone more stable for the job?
Brim has pleaded not guilty to the charge and has been suspended since her arrest this spring. She has refused to resign.
Brim's attorney James Montgomery said Wednesday that his client has bipolar disorder, a condition she has controlled with medication, but that at the time of the attack she was "legally insane," the Tribune reports.
The Chicago Bar Association previously recommended that voters reject her from the bench and ten of 11 bar associations have given her negative ratings, though the Democratic Party has continued to back her. Nevertheless, Brim will keep her $182,000-a-year post, pending the conclusion of an investigation by the judicial inquiry board.
Would I be seeing my kids if my behavior were so bad that my own lawyer's best excuse was that I was legally insane? Of course not. Shouldn't judges be held to a higher standard? I guess not.