Who is Darrell Brooks and Why Justice Jennifer Dorow Took Him Out of the Courtroom?

Who is Darrell Brooks And What Did He Do?

The 40-year-old man who is accused of killing six people at the Waukesha Christmas Parade last year, including an 8-year-old boy, is going to trial.

In the attack, six people died: Tamara L. Carlson Durand, Virginia “Ginny” E. Sorenson, Leanna “Lee” Owen, Wilhelm “Bill” Hospel, Jane Kulich, and Jackson Sparks. Over 60 other people were hurt.

The suspect, Darrell Brooks Jr., is charged with six counts of first-degree intentional homicide and 71 other counts in the parade attack, which authorities say happened after Brooks was involved in a domestic dispute in a nearby Waukesha park.

His case has brought attention to the way bail is handled in Wisconsin, the link between domestic violence and mass shootings, and the holes in the criminal justice system that let him get away for years without being held accountable.

Brooks, who was born in Milwaukee, has had contact with authorities in at least three states over the course of his life. The following timeline shows how these things happened. It was put together with information from police reports, court papers, and other public records.

Why Justice Jennifer Dorow Took Darrell Brooks Out of the Courtroom?

Judge Jennifer Dorow took Waukesha parade suspect Darrell Brooks out of the courtroom twice before the start of his trial on Thursday.

Dorow was trying to get through her procedural notes before the jury was called into the courtroom when she decided to take Brooks out of the room a few minutes into the hearing. This is similar to what she did in the days leading up to the trial when she chose the jury.

Brooks, who is defending himself in the case, was still able to watch the trial from home, but when it wasn’t his turn to speak, his microphone had to be turned off.

Darrell Brooks
Brooks walked into the courtroom wearing orange jail clothes instead of the suit the court had given him for the jury selection process. Dorow was trying to write that down for the record and telling Brooks to go back to his cell and change before the jury came in, so it wouldn’t look like he was in jail during the trial. Brooks refused, though.

Brooks was going to be able to stay in jail clothes during the trial, but he kept talking over Dorow and was finally taken away Thursday morning before the jury was told what to do.
Once he was moved to another room, Brooks took off his shirt and continued to yell and make gestures, but his microphone was turned off, so no sound came through the feed.
Brooks eventually put his shirt back on and held up a sign from the court that said “OBJECTION” to show that he was filing an objection while his microphone was off. Later, he put the sign in his pants instead of holding it up while he was taking notes in front of the camera.

Even though Brooks did what he did Thursday morning, prosecutors said they still think he is mentally stable and able to stand trial. They said this based on court documents he filed and recorded phone calls he made from jail.

“Anyone who doesn’t think he’s a good lawyer has nothing to do with this case,” they said. “These actions are planned and deliberate, and they are getting worse.”

Brooks’s behavior seemed to change as Dorow told the jury what to do, and he was allowed to go back to the main courtroom after the lunch break. After getting into an argument with Dorow as the jury was coming back to court after lunch, Brooks kept quiet as Dorow finished giving the jury instructions and went over each of the 83 charges against him.

But Brooks got angry again after the jury left the room for a break before opening statements and Dorow denied several of the motions and requests he had filed. The judge sent Brooks to the room next door for a second time before the jury came back to hear opening statements.

Where Can I Watch it?

You can watch the trial live on Channel3000.com, on the Channel 3000+ streaming app on your connected TV or mobile device, and on your YouTube channel.

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