Court bars candidate accused of posing as judge from bench

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago-area judicial candidate accused of impersonating a judge has been barred from the bench if she wins.

The Illinois Supreme Court on Monday also revoked the law license of Rhonda Crawford.

She was a shoo-in to win in November until news that she briefly played a judge drew condemnation among those who practice law in Cook County.

Crawford is charged with misdemeanor false impersonation and felony official misconduct. She’s accused of donning a robe in Cook County traffic court on Aug. 11 when she was a court staff attorney. That was months after she won the Democratic primary for a judgeship.

Crawford last week asked the high court for more time to explain why it shouldn’t revoke her license.

Her attorney didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment.