Cook County judge enters plea to battery charge

April 14, 2012

Associated Press

A Cook County judge who was barred from judicial duties after her arrest for engaging in a physical confrontation with two sheriff's deputies has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge.

Attorney James Montgomery, representing Judge Cynthia Brim, entered the plea on her behalf during a hearing Friday before Judge Kenneth Fletcher.

On March 9, Brim was arrested after throwing a set of keys and shoving a sheriff's deputy at a security checkpoint.

A day earlier, authorities say Brim was seen acting erratically on the bench as she presided over traffic cases in Markham.

A panel of presiding judges removed Brim from the bench because she's been charged with a crime, and for inappropriate conduct that may have threatened public safety.

Brim's access to court facilities has been revoked.