- Attorney Jennifer Bonjean told WGN News that a Chicago judge made derogatory remarks about her.
- Cook County Judge William Raines was caught on camera with “sexist and offensive” comments, she said.
- “Can you imagine waking up next to her every day? Oh my god,” Raines said according to Bonjean.
A Chicago judge was caught on a seemingly hot microphone with derogatory and inappropriate comments about a female lawyer.
In a virtual trial earlier this week, Cook County Judge William Raines made “sexist and offensive” comments about Jennifer Bonjean, a high-profile New York-based lawyer who has previously represented Bill Cosby, she told WGN News.
Raines made the remarks at the end of the day after the case was closed. It appears he believed the YouTube livestream that had recorded the case was over, WGN News reported.
That was when Raines, two Cook County prosecutors and an assistant public defender from Cook County began making fun of Bonjean on the seemingly hot microphone.
“Did you see her go crazy, her glasses off, fingers through her hair?” Bonjean told WGN News Raines said.
“The biggest problem comes when he says, ‘Can you imagine waking up next to her every day? Oh my God.'” Bonjean added.
The YouTube video of the case has since been put to private, but was available to watch as late as Thursday, the Chicago Times reported.
Susie Bucaro, Cook County’s assistant state’s attorney, also contributed to the derogatory remarks, Bonjean said.
“There would be a number of things wrong in my life if I woke up next to her every day,” Bonjean, Bucaro, said of her. Then Raines answered. “I could not have a picture of it if you paid me,” Raines said, according to Bonjean.
Neither the State Attorneys’ Office nor the Cook County Chief Judge’s Office responded immediately to Insider’s request for comment.
But in a statement to WGN News, Attorney General Kim Foxx said the behavior was “unacceptable and contrary to the values of this administration.”
“Their actions reflect poorly the work of our office and the entire criminal justice system. State Attorney Foxx has spoken directly with both ASAs and as a personnel matter this will be dealt with appropriately,” the statement continued.
Bonjean told WGN News that Foxx and the prosecution have apologized to her. Raines does not have that, said Bonjean, who added that she planned to file a complaint against him with the Judicial Inquiry Board.
“He should not preside over things that are as important as criminal cases where people’s lives are at stake,” Bonjean told WGN News.
Raines has denied himself of presiding over the case, WGN News reported.