You can’t make this stuff up, and in Illinois, you don’t need to. Illinois is like my home State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, only bigger and badder.
Via John Ruberry at Marathon Pundit:
Last fall Judge Cynthia Brim [recieved] barely the necessary “Yes” votes to keep the job that she has been suspended from–with pay–for months.
This week Brim heads to court–not a a judge–but as a defendant. And the Chicago Sun-Times says she plans to plead insanity to a misdemeanor battery charge.
Once judges in Illinois are elected–they only have to face a retention vote every six years.
It’s been 23 years since a Cook County judge was booted by voters from the bench. Brim, despite the recommendation of a “No” vote from the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Bar Association, collected the one endorsement that counted– last fall the Cook County Democratic Party urged a “Yes” vote for all judges up for retentions, including Brim. The Trib gave Brim an excoriating rebuke last fall.