Darrell Brooks Jr., the suspect accused of driving into the Waukesha Christmas parade, mowing down dozens, and killing six people, fought with the judge on Friday and basically made a joke out of the legal proceedings during his trial.
(Video Credit: Law&Crime Network)
The 40-year-old suspect from Milwaukee railed in court while questioning the credibility of witnesses as he cross-examined them, making it abundantly clear he did not know the ropes of legalistic defense.
Brooks faces 76 counts including six first-degree intentional homicide charges. Each of those counts carries a mandatory life sentence. He has been representing himself since he motioned to dismiss his attorneys and act as his own defense. It has not gone well.
Judge Jennifer Dorow excused the jury just minutes into court on Friday to admonish Brooks, according to TMJ4.
“For being disruptive and for bringing up irrelevant matters in front of this jury, you will forfeit your right to be present for the direct examination of this witness,” Dorow informed him. She threatened to send him to a second courtroom but did not do so.
Darrell Brooks is making a mockery of the justice system. Why this is even allowed to continue, I have no idea. He should just be locked up in a cage in a hole under a prison. pic.twitter.com/R7nucJtBrT
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) October 14, 2022
This is a mockery of justice pic.twitter.com/dfFxE3NzYM
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) October 14, 2022
Franklin Assistant Police Chief Craig Liermann was called as the first witness of the day by the state on Friday. He attended the parade with his family and witnessed a vehicle traveling from east to west on Main Street. He testified that he eventually saw who the driver was.
“I would describe him as being in an excited state, not in a state of panic. More excited or almost happy about what was going on. Not panicked or scared,” Liermann stated, referring to Brooks.
Darrell Brooks is calling the gunshots “kill shots.”
Officer Scholten said he wasn’t trying to kill Brooks. He was trying to stop him. He said shooting at a tire wouldn’t have stopped the threat.
“I’m trained to stop the threat. You were the threat.”
— Gabriella Bachara (@GabbyBachara) October 14, 2022
The trial has dragged on for ten days. Police officers and a number of witnesses have identified Brooks in court as the driver of the red SUV that targeted people in the parade, killing six of them.
Brooks spent several hours cross-examining witnesses. He questioned them on the use of his name, asserting that he does not go by that name and does not recognize it. He also questioned them on who the plaintiff actually was in the case.
“You drove into the parade”
“Who is you”
“I do not identify by that name” pic.twitter.com/WOt7ETE2XQ
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) October 14, 2022
Judge Dorow lost her patience with Brooks over his less-than-sane representation of himself and fought over his cross-examination methods and attempts to question the jurisdiction of the court.
“I’m like an umpire in a baseball game, sir. I call and see the legal objections as I see them. That is my role, and that is what I do,” Dorow stated.
“Are you kidding me?” an angered Brooks said to the judge.
On Thursday, Brooks repeatedly interrupted Dorow, according to Fox News. He engaged in a 50-minute rant, asserting that the court had a conflict of interest and that he had not been able to “face his accuser.”
He also moved “for this case to be dismissed” on the grounds that he did not receive “certified copies” of court documents and claimed that “there are many other victims that are not talked about.”
In the end, Dorow cut him off, and Waukesha District Attorney Sue Opper called Brooks’ “sovereign citizen” arguments “ridiculous.”
The judge is fed up with Waukesha massacre suspect Darrell Brooks.
"I was abundantly patient with you yesterday." pic.twitter.com/J6k8XsfcdG
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) October 14, 2022
Darrell Brooks (the guy who drove through the Waukesha parade, killing 6, injuring many more) representing himself is the most hilarious defense I've ever heard. He's been using a sovereign citizen defense. I hope he spends the rest of his days in a cage. pic.twitter.com/1ueZf0bIiR
— Eric Daniel Kotyk (@SSgtKotyk) October 15, 2022
“The only argument I could discern in those 50 minutes is that this case be dismissed,” Dorow noted, pointing out that Brooks had failed to file a “proper motion.”
The state indicated earlier in the week that it hoped to rest its case by Friday. That is no longer possible, with state witnesses expected to testify possibly as late as Tuesday.
Brooks has turned the court proceedings into a circus. It has become painfully obvious to all who are involved or are watching the trial that he does not know how to represent himself, giving credence to the saying that only a fool represents himself in court.
His meanderings will almost certainly get him the maximum penalty which he probably would have received anyway. In the meantime, it has made a mockery of the court in the process and brought even more pain to the families of the victims.
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