William Raines makes ‘sexist’ remarks about Bill Cosby’s NY lawyer

A Chicago judge has been accused of making sexist comments about a New York lawyer who repped Bill Cosby — after reportedly getting caught on a hot mic asking, “Can you imagine waking up next to her every day?”

Cook County Judge William Raines appeared to have thought his court’s live-stream cameras were off when he made disparaging comments about Jennifer Bonjean, WGN News said.

“’Did you see her going nuts, glasses off, fingers through her hair … It’s insane,’” 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 chimed in saying, “There would be a number of things wrong in my life if I was waking up next to her every day.’

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

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

Her paralegal managed to get 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 Inquiry Board over the “sexist and offensive” comments.

Pictured: Jennifer Bonjean
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 should not be presiding over things as important as criminal court proceedings where people’s lives hang in the balance,” she told WGN.

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A spokeswoman for the state’s attorney’s office called the comments by prosecutors caught in the hot-mic moment “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 addressed appropriately,” they said in a statement to both outlets.

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

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