Judge ordered to continue medication for mental health issues
BY STEFANO ESPOSITO and Lisa Donovan Staff Reporters March 15, 2013 10:50AM
Judge Cynthia Brim follows Attorney John K. Kennedy in the Daley Center after a court appearance. March 15, 2013 | Brian Jackson~ Sun-Times
Updated: April 17, 2013 6:07AM
One year after Cook County Judge Cynthia Brim showed up at the Daley Center and allegedly shoved a sheriff’s deputy, she left the same building quietly Friday, with orders from another judge to keep up her psychiatric treatment.
Brim, who was found not guilty by reason of insanity last month in the sheriff’s deputy incident, could have faced a stay at one of the state’s psychiatric hospitals.
But DuPage County Judge Liam Brennan — brought in to hear the case against Brim because of a possible conflict of interest — agreed with an Illinois Department of Human Services’ evaluation that found Brim is “a low risk for violence.”
Brennan ordered Brim — who has been diagnosed with “schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type” — to keep attending her monthly appointments with a psychiatrist, a social worker and to take any medication prescribed.
“When Ms. Brim is properly medicated, things work, but from time to time, [when she isn’t medicated] things aren’t so good,” Brennan said.
Brennan also told Brim she must submit to random drug testing three times a year.
Neither prosecutors nor Brim’s defense attorney objected to the recommendations outlined in the Human Services report.
Brim’s struggles with mental illness — largely tied to her going off medication — were laid bare during testimony in her one-day trial last month. According to one psychiatrist who took the witness stand, the condition is treatable with medication, and Brim’s attorney said before the trial his client is well and wants to return to the bench.
Brim was suspended indefinitely after her March 2012 arrest, stemming from allegations she walked into the Daley Center court complex, allegedly threw a set of keys near a security kiosk, exited the building and then shoved a deputy who was trying to stop and question her. While off the bench Brim has continued to collect her full salary, roughly $182,000 per year.
Brim left the courtroom Friday without answering a reporter’s questions.