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U.S. judge found do be legally insane, will continue to get salary

By Mason White 8:32 AM February 5, 2013
Judge Cynthia Brim 

By: Ryan Lee Hall
(Scroll down for video) A U.S. judge will continue to get her salary despite being found legally insane, according to court proceedings in Chicago, Illinois.

The Cook County Judge, Cynthia Brim, who suffered from a prolonged mental illness, was found not guilty by reason of insanity Monday after being charged with assaulting a deputy.
Brim, now must undergo an assessment to determine if she requires additional treatment or hospitalization.

Brim, was accused of pushing a police officer in March 2012 in the Daley Center, and had been hospitalized five times for psychotic episodes since 1993, a year before she was elected as a judge.

She suffers from bipolar disorder and had been taking medication, but she has since gone off the medication. Witnesses saw the judge assault a police officer inside a hospital, according to the court proceedings.
Brim’s lawyers asked the judge to find her not guilty by reason of insanity.

Brim, 54, has been a judge since 1994, and won a new six-year term in November, despite her low rating from the local bar association in recent years and her arrest. Just days after her arrest, she was suspended indefinitely, while still keeping her salary of $182,000 a year.

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