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Chicago Democrat Judge Found Not Guilty of Battery By Reason of Insanity, Reelected Anyway

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On February 5, 2013 @ 12:12 pm In The Point | 26 Comments

There are important qualities that a good judge needs. One of them is “experiencing delusions and hallucinations.”

Judge Cynthia Brim is crazy. Not in the usual way that Democrats are crazy, but in the sense that she has been hospitalized multiple times and has been found by medical professionals to be crazy. Chicago’s crazy Democratic Party however has never stopped supporting her judgeship.

A Democratic Party-backed judge who won re-election in November while facing battery charges was found not guilty Monday — by reason of insanity.

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 insanity verdict could aid the judge’s effort to return to the bench.

In Chicago, being insane actually better qualifies you to be a judge. The Chicago Council of Lawyers found that Brim was not qualified, was not familiar with the law and not punctual. Lawyers routinely asked for substitutions when she was on the bench. But the Democratic Party still had her back.

Sources told the Sun-Times that Brim made comments during her call that were “racial in nature,” accusing South Holland police officers of ticketing only black and Hispanic drivers. She also accused south suburban police officers of conspiring to get her fired, a source said.

Another source said she recited her parents’ names, the address of her church and her license plate number and walked around the courtroom, complaining she had been run out of her last assignment.

Despite her past, Brim will nevertheless receive the full support of the Democratic Party in the upcoming election.

“The Democratic Party supports all Democratic judges running for retention and our literature will say ‘support’ and ‘vote yes’ for retention judges,” said Cook County party head Joe Berrios.

Vote the party line.

So what if the judge is unqualified, incompetent, racist and insane. She’s still a Democrat. Isn’t she?

“At that point she is absolutely psychotic in the sense of not having the ability to think straight or to even organize her thinking or to really remember a darn thing that happened,” her attorney, James Montgomery Sr., said.

Or as the Democrats call that; being Joe Biden.


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