According to the Chicago Sun-Times, a Chicago attorney said that she will file a complaint against a Cook County judge with the state’s Judicial Inquiry Board over comments he allegedly made about her that were captured on a courtroom broadcast earlier this week.
On Tuesday, Judge William Raines engaged in a conversation with two assistant state attorneys and an assistant public defender when he allegedly made “sexist and offensive” remarks about attorney Jennifer Bonjean.
“Can you imagine waking up next to her every day? Oh, my God!” Raines allegedly said of Bonjean. “I couldn’t have a visual on that if you paid me. So, there you have it.”
Raines, who was apparently unaware that the conversation was being recorded and streamed live on YouTube, said, “Ohh, wait … Media streaming live on YouTube? What’s up with this?”
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According to the Daily Mail, after both assistant State Attorney Susie Bucaro fellow Assistant State Attorney Anna Sedelmaier laughed, Bucaro replied, “There would be a number of things wrong in my life if I was waking up next to her every day.”
As if that wasn’t enough, Raines and Bucaro went on to mock one of Bonjean’s assistants, who they called a “13-year-old boy dressed up in a suit,” referring to him as Bonjean’s “man-child.”
Bonjean, who has also represented Bill Cosby, was in court on behalf of her client, Roosevelt Myles, 57, who she claims was framed by police and wrongfully convicted of murder in 1996.
“What horrifies me the most about the whole thing is that he was going to continue to preside over a case and decide the fate of my client, and my client’s been lost in all of this,” Bonjean said in an interview, The Independent reports.
In a statement to the outlet, the Office of the Chief Judge of Cook County said, “The chief judge will hold an executive committee meeting on Tuesday – consisting of all presiding judges – to determine further action.”
He should step down. And, by the way, you don’t exactly look like a movie star, judge.
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