Despite multiple interruptions, a jury was seated Tuesday in the trial of Darrell Brooks, with Waukesha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Dorow announcing that opening statements in the trial would begin Thursday.
The jury will consist of 16 – 10 men, 6 women, all White. Twelve will decide the case with the remaining four as alternates.
Opening statements are scheduled for Thursday morning. A trial livestream will be available here.
Brooks is the alleged BLM-inspired terrorist charged with murdering six and seriously wounding more than 60 people in the deadly 2021 Waukesha Christmas Parade attack, where it was apparent he specifically targeted White people.
The 40-year-old career criminal – his rap sheet runs 50 pages – is representing himself in court.
The state’s more than 70 felony charges include six counts of first-degree intentional homicide with the 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. He also faces two misdemeanor counts of domestic abuse-battery.
Judge Dorow expressed frustration early in the day with Brooks, who was in the other courtroom on Zoom after being removed because of his constant outbursts. The judge said she lost count after six interruptions in the first 15 minutes.
“He’s standing; he’s facing the other direction. It appears he’s yelling. I muted him…” she said.
Before he was removed, Brooks repeatedly interrupted proceedings, reportedly demanding, among other things:
“May I move to stay these proceedings … to a court of competent jurisdiction?”
“I move the court to dismiss based on the grounds of judicial misconduct.”
“May I have your name (judge), please?”
“Do you have a claim against me?”
“Do you know anyone who has a claim against me?”
This is all part of a bogus “sovereign citizens” script meant to disrupt court proceedings with nonsensical, pseudo-legal argumentation and provide him with ammunition for future appeals. These tactics have ultimately never been upheld in court. Brooks, a self-admitted anti-White BLM adherent, has apparently taken up the Black nationalist Moorish Science Temple sovereign citizens’ positions after firing his court-appointed attorneys.
After the lunch recess, Judge Dorow gave Brooks the opportunity to return to the courtroom, but he immediately start acting out as the jury pool was brought back into the courtroom, and was removed again to the adjacent courtroom to participate by Zoom.
Later, Judge Dorow allowed Brooks back in for a second time, and he very quickly launched into another tirade that got him removed a third time. Brooks shouted at Judge Dorow, repeatedly yelling that he didn’t understand.
“You’re not going to get me to consent to something that I don’t consent to or agree to,” Brooks said.
He finally declined Judge Dorow’s next invitation to return to court, saying it made no sense if he was going to be removed again.
By late in the day, the jury pool was down to 36. Brooks and the prosecution each were allowed 10 preemptory strikes. The questioning of jurors ran about an hour.
Brooks attempted to cross off every name on the list with his first preemptory strike, prompting the court to pick his strikes randomly, with the court clerk pulling numbers from a tumbler. Still, the jury was empaneled at the close of the day.
While area TV network affiliates are covering the trial, the mainstream media has been largely silent. The most recent New York Times mention of Darrell Brooks was on Nov. 23, 2021, almost 10 months ago. The Washington Post’s last mention was on Dec. 2, 2021.
Meanwhile, what coverage there is from local affiliates and court-focused cable shows has studiously ignored Brooks’ excessive and egregious history of calling for violence against White people, which preceded the November 2021 car attack.
Jackson Sparks, 8; Tamara Durand, 52; LeAnna Owen, 71; Wilhelm Hospel, 81; Virginia Sorenson, 79; and Jane Kulich, 52, died in the Waukesha parade attack. All of the victims were White.
The Justice Report will continue to provide daily coverage of the trial.
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.