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A Chicago judge was arrested during a live broadcast on Tuesday when his indecent conversation was heard in a hot microphone, insulting a senior civil rights lawyer and calling his court proceedings “nutty” and insane.

Cook County District Court Judge William Raines was heard insulting Bill Cosby’s defense attorney, Jennifer Bonjan, during a conversation with two prosecutors and a public defender.

“Did you see he was crazy?” His glasses are closed, his fingers are wrapped in his hair, the phone is everywhere, it’s crazy, ”said Judge Bonjan, who defended the client.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Assistant State Attorney Susie Bucaro.

“It was fun for me,” the judge replied, and later said, “Can you imagine waking up next to him every day? Oh my God.”

Jennifer Bonjan

Cook County Judge William Raines (left) was heard insulting Jennifer Bonjan, a senior civil rights lawyer who defended Bill Cosby.

Bonjan (left) previously represented Bill Cosby (center) and helped lift his sentence

Bonjan (left) previously represented Bill Cosby (center) and helped lift his sentence

After both Bucaro and Assistant State Attorney Anna Sedelmayer laughed, Bucaro replied, “If I woke up next to him every day, a lot of things in my life would be wrong.”

“If you gave me money, I wouldn’t be able to see it,” Raines said.

Raines and Bucaro then mocked one of Bonjan’s assistants, calling him a “13-year-old boy dressed in a suit” and calling him Bonjan’s “boy.”

The judge then moves on to the paperwork before realizing that the live broadcast is still going on.

The live broadcast has since been turned off, but the Criminal Division presiding judge, Erika Reddick, has ordered that the video be formally retained for use by Bonjan in her complaint to the Judicial Investigation Board.

Bonjan read a transcript of the incident to WGN and criticized Raines for his inappropriate comments, and the judge said he was unfit to do his job.

“He should not preside over important cases such as a criminal trial where people’s lives are in balance.”

A full transcript of the incident shows Raines mocking Bonjan with two prosecutors

A full transcript of the incident shows Raines mocking Bonjan with two prosecutors

Bonjan appeared in court on behalf of his client, Roosevelt Miles, 57, who was indicted by police and charged in 1996 with murder.

Miles, who was released in 2020 and is seeking acquittal, told Buzzfeed that he doubted his name would be cleared when he learned of the incident.

“It shows what we’re up against,” he said.

His case was the basis of the TV series “Reasonable Doubt” in which he was convicted of a 1992 murder and found not guilty.

The court did not rule on whether Raines would remain in office.

A spokesman for Chief Justice Timothy Evans’ office said Raines could not comment on the matter because it was related to the case under consideration.

A spokesman for Cook County State Attorney Kim Fox’s office said in a statement that Foxx spoke with two prosecutors who attended the interview.

Their behavior is unacceptable and contradicts the values ​​of the administration. Their actions have a negative impact on the work of our office and the entire criminal justice system, ”the statement said.

Both Bonjan State Assistant attorneys confirmed that both Foxx himself had filed an apology, and he accepted their apology.

He added that the incident highlighted a problem in Cook County’s criminal justice system, with prosecutors and public defenders assigned to a single judge.

Bonjan noted that the system encourages both parties to compliment the judge for their clients or careers, which he said may have led prosecutors to join the judge’s inappropriate comments.

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