Weather Updates

Brim prognosis: Cook County judge was ‘legally insane’ when she shoved deputy, records claim

Cook County Circuit Court Judge CynthiBrim who faces misdemeanor battery charge wnew six-year term Tuesday’s judicial retentielection.  |

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Brim, who faces a misdemeanor battery charge, won a new six-year term in Tuesday’s judicial retention election. | Brian Jackson~Sun-Times

storyidforme: 37905744
tmspicid: 10438236
fileheaderid: 4797446

Updated: October 2, 2014 10:13AM

The prognosis is Brim . . .

Brim news: Sneed hears that a Cook County judge charged with battery has miraculously had her criminal case continued to Nov. 7 — the day after the general election in which her name will appear on the ballot for retention as a judge in Cook County!

◆ Backshot: Cynthia Brim, a Circuit Court judge since 1994, was removed from the bench by a panel of supervising judges last March after being arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly shoving a sheriff’s deputy at the Daley Center and tossing a set of keys at a security checkpoint.

◆ Backshot II: The day before that incident, Brim was ordered out of her Markham courtroom after a 45-minute tirade from the bench.

◆ Buckshot: Sneed also is told that Brim, who has received negative bar association ratings and been cited for hostility and inadequate knowledge of the law — has been evaluated by a court-appointed psychiatrist who found her to be “legally insane” at the time of the altercation and that she “lacked substantial capacity to appreciate the criminality of her act,” according to recent court documents. However, the psychiatrist went on to say that Brim is now “mentally fit with medication.” Brim is no longer hearing cases and couldn’t be reached for comment.

◆ Upshot: Sneed hears the case was quietly continued in misdemeanor court Monday — to one day after Cook County voters will be asked to retain her on the bench!

Will Cook County have to Brim and bear it?

Stay tuned.

Charge it!

Where the wives were: The long line of black Lincoln Town Cars poised passengerless outside 60 private jets belonging to Ryder Cup golfers Sunday at the DuPage County airport were stuffed with shopping bags of loot.

◆ Bag it! Sneed hears a bevy of Ryder Cup relatives ditched the tournament’s closing ceremonies Sunday to shop the Magnificent Mile ’til they dropped.

Turf talk . . .

Country singer Toby Keith showed up Sunday for the dinner at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in Lombard and put his song “Red Solo Cup” on the sound system to kick off Team USA’s last night of dining at the eatery. The entire team, including Davis Love III, Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson and Fred Couples, was there. As Phil Mickelson was leaving, he gave an extra $600 in tips out of his pocket.

◆ P.S. Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, along with their son, former President George W. Bush, joined Team USA at the eatery Saturday night and kept referring to themselves as “41” and “43.” Get it? Forget it.

The Clooney corner . . .

Is he busy filming or is he busy bolting? While actor George Clooney films “August: Osage County” in Oklahoma with Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep, tittletattlers are tremulous over rumors that Clooney and his latest significant smother, Stacy Keibler, are heading to splitsville. So all eyes on are the runway at the Oct. 20 Carousel of Hope charity benefit in Beverly Hills to see if Keibler is on his arm.

Obama drama . . .

The presidential debates have the Demsters worried about President Barack Obama’s elooooooooongated, professorial pauses when answering questions.

◆ Translation: As Obama’s former press chief Robert Gibbs used to joke: “It takes the president 30 seconds to clear his throat.”

Romney rantings . . .

Hall of Famer and former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway just endorsed Mitt Romney for president. He likes Romney because he “is a proven leader.” Of course Elway, who is now exec veep of football operations for the Broncos, was instrumental in letting quarterback Tim Tebow go in the last off-season and signing Peyton Manning.

Sneedlings . . .

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (right) hits Harry Caray’s in Chicago on Saturday for a luncheon hosted by Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) to raise money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee . . . Wednesday’s birthdays: Tommy Lee, 50; Neve Campbell, 39, and Fred Couples, 53.

© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit To order a reprint of this article, click here.