A Chicago judge has been charged with sexually assaulting a New York lawyer who defended Bill Cosby – who reportedly fell into a hot microphone: “Can you imagine waking up next to him every day?”
When Cook County Judge William Raines made discriminatory comments about Jennifer Bonjan, he appeared to think his court’s live broadcast cameras were turned off, WGN News reported.
“Did you see him go crazy, take off his glasses, miss his hair with his fingers … It’s crazy,” Bonjan recalled when the judge asked the prosecutor.
“Can you imagine waking up next to him every day? Woe is me! ”The judge said, based on transcripts of the court application, to save a video of the interview, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.
“If I woke up with him every day, a lot of things in my life would be wrong,” said Susie Bucaro, an assistant state attorney.
“If you had given me the money, I wouldn’t have been able to see it,” the judge reportedly added.
Bonjan – who has repeated many sensational cases, including the embarrassed “Father of America” Cosby – told WGN that the judge’s insulting comments “came out of nowhere”. [and] for no reason. “
His lawyer was able to obtain a transcript, and on Thursday another judge approved Bonjan’s emergency request to keep the video, the Sun-Times reported.
Bonjan said he intends to appeal to the Judicial Investigative Council over the “sexual and insulting” comments.
“He should not preside over important cases such as criminal trials where people’s lives are in balance,” he told WGN.
A spokesman for the state prosecutor’s office called the comments made by prosecutors arrested during a heated microphone “unacceptable.”
“Their actions have a negative impact on the work of our office and the entire criminal justice system. State Prosecutor [Kim] Foxx has spoken directly to both ASAs and this will be considered appropriately as a staffing issue, ”they said in a statement to both publications.
A spokesman for Cook County Chief Justice Tim Evans said he would hold a district court executive committee meeting next week to discuss Raines’ comments, which were rejected in the first case.