On Wednesday morning, the jury found Darrell Brooks guilty of six of intentional homicide, and many of reckless endangerment in connection to the Waukesha Christmas parade last year, where Brooks drove his SUV through the crowd.
Brooks was charged with six counts of first-degree intentional homicide, and 61 counts of reckless endangerment.
As Judge Jennifer Dorow read out the counts, a man from the crowd yelled “Burn in hell you piece of sh*t
While waiting for the jury to be brought out, Brooks once again stated that he “does not consent” to be called his legal name, and brought up “subject matter jurisdiction,” stating that it has not been addressed.
Brooks continued on to list of a number of requests, which Dorow acknowledged, but denied.
In the opening of Wednesday’s court date, Judge Jennifer Dorow noted an anonymous Reddit post allegedly written by a juror, which stated in part that Dorow is “biased” against Brooks and is “clearly” not an impartial judge, and that “Mr. Brooks has clearly not been given the chance to plead his case in court,” according to Fox 6.
In response to the post, Brooks attempted once again to have his case thrown out, but Dorow said that the post was a “prank,” and that there are no grounds for a mistrial.
Amidst the nearly month-long trial, Brooks has argued with Dorow on a multitude of points, causing interruptions which in many cases resulted in Brooks being moved to a neighboring courtroom to listen in.
At one point, Dorow called a recess because Brooks “right now is having a staredown with me. It’s very disrespectful, he pounded his fist, frankly, it makes me scared and we’re taking a break.”
On November 21, 2021, Brooks drove through the Waukesha Christmas parade, killing six people, including members of the Dancing Grannies group which were marching in the parade, as well as children. More than 60 people were injured in the incident.
Brooks was soon after identified as the suspect in the parade attack, after police discovered the red Ford Explorer seen plowing into the parade parked not far from the scene of the crime with damage to the front end of the vehicle.
In addition to the Reddit post, Brooks has attempted to have the charges against him thrown out because of a reported recall on his model year of vehicle regarding the throttle body. Brooks said that a class action lawsuit has been filed alleging that the vehicle can speed up without warning due to a malfunction.
Brooks brought up this point during the last days of his trial, with Dorow dismissing Brook’s requests, stating, “I’ve made my decision. I expect that you respect the decision at least as we are not going to debate it further.”
Brooks has also attempted to state that he is a “sovereign citizen,” therefore not subject to the jurisdiction of the government.
Dorow called Brooks’ declaration of being a sovereign citizen an “obstructionist tactic.”
During his closing arguments, Brooks repeatedly reminded the jury that the decision is “in your hands,” urging them to make the “right” decision and “open your hearts.”
He also stated, “nobody will know why it was his will for this to happen,” shortly after stating that he believes in Jesus Christ, and that “This is not something that started at the beginning of this incident,” but rather, he was raised “from the womb,” to believe in God, noting a Bible that has been on the defense’s desk during the trial.
Brooks also attempted to bring up the idea of jury nullification during his closing statements, a topic which he has argued with Dorow about and was forbidden from bringing up.
According to Cornell Law School, “Jury nullification refers to a jury’s knowing and deliberate rejection of the evidence or refusal to apply the law either because the jury wants to send a message about some social issue that is larger than the case itself, or because the result dictated by law is contrary to the jury’s sense of justice, morality, or fairness.”
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