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Day 1: Jury Selection Begins in Trial of Alleged Anti-White Terrorist Darrell Brooks

Day one of the trial of the alleged anti-White, BLM-inspired terrorist charged with murdering six and wounding more than 60 in the deadly 2021 Waukesha Christmas parade attack began with jury selection and more than a half dozen outbursts from the defendant, Darrell E. Brooks.

Brooks, 40, a career criminal and registered sex offender, has been charged with more than 70 crimes related to the Nov. 21, 2021 attack where he allegedly drove his SUV into Christmas parade marchers in the mostly White town of Waukesha, some 30 minutes west of Milwaukee.

Darrell Brooks appears in a Waukesha County Circuit Court during jury selection in Waukesha on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022. Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Brooks is charged with six counts of first-degree intentional homicide with use of a dangerous weapon, 61 counts of recklessly endangering safety with the use of a dangerous weapon, six counts of hit-and-run involving death, and two counts of bail jumping, as well as two misdemeanor counts of domestic abuse-battery, according to court records. Jackson Sparks, 8; Tamara Durand, 52; LeAnna Owen, 71; Wilhelm Hospel, 81; Virginia Sorenson, 79, and Jane Kulich, 52, died in the parade attack.

While the homicide charges do carry a mandatory life sentence, Wisconsin does not have a death penalty option.

Brooks, who is representing himself, caused a half a dozen delays on the first day of the trial barely minutes after it started, and Waukesha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Dorow ordered Brooks removed from the courtroom twice. According to reports, Brooks demanded the judge’s oath of office, denied that he recognizes his own name, demanded proof that he is a United States citizen, and complained about there being too much paperwork. He further said he wasn’t given adequate access to the law library despite the jailer testifying that they gave him access multiple times and he never availed himself of it.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Dorow addresses Darrell Brooks as he appears in a Waukesha County Circuit Court before jury selection in Waukesha on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022. Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The judge informed Brooks that if he continued his behavior, she would appoint an attorney to represent him. Sources in the courthouse told Justice Report, however, that Dorow is loathe to do so because it could open up the case to unnecessary appeals and complications, as well as delay the trial, which is scheduled to run Oct. 3-28.

Darrell Brooks and Judge Dorow argue in court, video courtesy of WISN ABC

Halfway through the process, Dorow finally revoked Brooks’ right to sit in the courtroom for jury selection. He was placed in a courtroom adjacent to Dorow’s and given access by video conferencing. Dorow muted Brooks when it wasn’t his turn to speak.

Milwaukee news station WISN reported that Brooks spent much of the time in the adjacent, empty courtroom with “his head down and his suit jacket over his head.” They reported that bailiffs checked on Brooks and said he was not sleeping.

Darrell Brooks with his head down and his suit jacket over his head as he appears in a Waukesha County Circuit Court before jury selection in Waukesha on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022.

Because of the interruptions, jury selection didn’t begin until after 2 pm CT. Initially, jury selection from among the pool of hundreds of candidates was expected to take a day, but now it’s estimated to run as many as four days, Dorow’s clerk told Justice Report. The court requires that 16 jurors are selected; 12 will decide the case while the remaining four serve as alternates.

Reportedly, Dorow asked Brooks if he’d like to be present in the courtroom for jury questioning, to which Brooks replied, “Naw, I’m good here.”

Jury selection is open to the press but is not being live streamed. The local Fox News affiliate provided some color on how the day was going.

At the start of the hearing, Brooks was given a laminated copy of standards and decorum in court. It didn’t take long for him to violate the rules. Five minutes in, Brooks was sent back to his holding cell, marking the first recess of the morning.

Brooks told Judge Dorow he “doesn’t recognize” the name “Darrell Brooks.” He interrupted Judge Dorow several times and said he was “bombarded with paperwork” when Dorow asked if he received documents Friday from the court – two days after Dorow granted his request to defend himself.

“You should have discussed that with an attorney, not the court,” said Dorow.

Dorow warned Brooks he could be removed from the courtroom, even with the jury present. She later added that she can revoke Brooks’ right to represent himself “at any time.”

Brooks, seated in the courtroom in a suit and facemask, continued to assert he’s a “sovereign citizen” while acting in his own defense.

Brooks then asked Judge Dorow for her name and “certified copies of her oath.” 

Dorow accused Brooks of refusing to answer “the simplest of questions,” calling his “sovereign citizen” declaration an “obstructionist tactic” to not acknowledge the jurisdiction of the court.

As of 6:15 pm CT, seven jurors were struck. The rest of the jury pool was sent home. Brooks motioned to have the entire jury panel struck, which Dorow said she would take “under advisement.” The court then recessed for the day.

Below is a copy of the document Brooks filed with the court Monday.

The National Justice Party has been at the vanguard of bringing attention to the Waukesha terror attack, advocating for federal hate crimes charges against Brooks.

“Allowing Brooks to make a mockery of the court in the very town where he murdered six people and maimed many others is indefensible and insulting to his victims. Brooks should be literally physically gagged, have a public defender represent him, and have state and federal hate crimes charges leveled against him,” said National Justice Party Chairman Mike Peinovich in a Telegram post.

“There is a fine line that the state is walking here. I have always said they are happy to imprison Brooks. What they want is to conceal the racial motives behind his terror attack. Allowing Brooks to spout crank Moorish Temple talking points in court makes him appear ridiculous and less threatening, and centers him as an absurd person rather than a vicious mass murderer,” Peinovich said. “But it also runs the risk that he may spout openly anti-White race rhetoric in open court.”

Justice Report will provide daily coverage of the trial. A live stream of the trial will be available here after jury selection is complete.

For background on Brooks and his alleged anti-White crimes, read a summary report by Justice Report’s Jack McKraken. To view the National Justice Party/Media2Rise documentary on Brooks and the Waukesha attack, click here.

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