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William Raines makes ‘sexist’ remarks about Bill Cosby’s lawyer in New York

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William Raines makes ‘sexist’ remarks about Bill Cosby’s lawyer in New York

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A Chicago judge has been accused of making sexist comments about a New York lawyer who replaced Bill Cosby – after he was surprised by a searing microphone asking: ‘Can you imagine waking up next to her every day?”

Cook County Judge William Raines appears to have thought his court’s live cameras were off when he made derogatory comments about Jennifer Bonjean, WGN News reported.

“‘Did you see her go crazy, her glasses, her fingers in her hair… It’s crazy,'” Bonjean recalled hearing the judge ask a prosecutor.

“Can you imagine waking up next to her every day?” Oh my God!” the judge said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, citing transcripts, including in a court motion to preserve video of the conversation.

Assistant State’s Attorney Susie Bucaro reportedly then said, “There would be a number of things wrong with my life if I woke up next to her every day.”

The judge reportedly added, “I couldn’t get a visual on that if you paid me.”

Jennifer Bonjean previously defended Bill Cosby.
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Bonjean — who has handled many high-profile cases, including disgraced ‘America’s Father’ Cosby — told WGN the judge’s abusive comments “came out of nowhere.” [and] for no apparent reason.”

His paralegal managed to obtain a transcript and on Thursday another judge approved Bonjean’s emergency motion to preserve the video, the Sun-Times said.

Bonjean said she intended to file a complaint with the Judicial Commission of Inquiry for the “sexist and offensive” comments.

William Raines makes ‘sexist’ remarks about Bill Cosby’s lawyer in New York

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Referring to Bonjean, Cook County Judge William Raines said, “Can you imagine waking up next to her every day? Oh my God!”
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“He shouldn’t be presiding over things as important as criminal proceedings where people’s lives are at stake,” she told WGN.

A spokeswoman for the state’s attorney’s office called prosecutors’ comments caught in the moment of the searing microphone “unacceptable.”

“Their actions reflect poorly on the work of our office and the entire criminal justice system. State’s Attorney [Kim] Foxx has spoken directly with both ASAs and as a personnel matter this will be handled appropriately,” they said in a statement to both media outlets.

A spokeswoman for Cook County Chief Judge Tim Evans said he would hold a circuit court executive committee meeting next week to discuss comments from Raines, who was recused from the original case. .

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