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Darrell Brooks

Apr 13, 2023

Man who killed 6 in Christmas parade to pay more restitution

A Wisconsin judge ordered a man convicted of killing six people when he drove his SUV through a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee to pay tens of thousands of dollars more in restitution Thursday, saying she wants to make sure he doesn't profit from any potential movie or book deal.

Nov 16, 2022

Man who killed 6 in Christmas parade gets life, no release

A man who killed six people and injured many others when he drove his SUV through a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison with no chance of release.

right to self-represent
Nov 15, 2022

Pro se representation comes at a cost

Few recent trials have attracted as much attention in the non-legal world than the Brooks trial in Waukesha. 

Nov 15, 2022

‘I feel gutted’: Victims of parade crash speak at sentencing

Victims and their family members have begun speaking at sentencing proceedings for a man convicted of killing six people when he drove his SUV through a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee last year.

Oct 31, 2022

Judge sets 2-day sentencing hearing in Christmas parade case

A judge on Monday scheduled a two-day sentencing hearing for a man who killed six people when he drove his SUV through a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee last year.

Oct 26, 2022

Man convicted of killing 6 with SUV in Christmas parade

A Wisconsin man was convicted Wednesday of killing six people and injuring dozens of others when he drove his SUV through a Christmas parade, wrapping up a trial in which he defended himself with bizarre legal theories and erratic outbursts.

Oct 25, 2022

Prosecutors: Parade suspect meant to hurt people

A Wisconsin man accused of killing six people and injuring many others by driving an SUV into a Christmas parade last year clearly intended to kill people, prosecutors told jurors Tuesday.

Oct 23, 2022

Parade suspect’s court antics won’t help appeal, experts say

He stripped his shirt off in court. He complains that the prosecutors are "slick." He won't let the judge get a word in. He won't even answer to his own name.

Oct 20, 2022

Parade suspect gives tearful opening statement

A man accused of killing six people and injuring dozens of others when he allegedly drove his SUV through a Wisconsin Christmas parade last year gave a tearful opening statement Thursday as he defended himself at trial but didn't outline any defense theories that might save him from prison.

right to self-represent
Oct 18, 2022

The right to self-represent

In 1975, The United States Supreme Court held that a criminal defendant has a constitutional right to waive counsel and self-represent in a criminal case. Faretta v. California, 422 U.S. 806 (1975).  While the trial court has a responsibility to discourage self-representation, it cannot prohibit it. The result can be (and usually is) the circus occurring in the Waukesha trial of the Christmas par[...]

Oct 7, 2022

Editorial: Legal rights can’t lightly be cast aside

There’s an old adage that says a person “who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client.” Generally speaking, it’s true.

right to self-represent
Oct 6, 2022

Man accused in parade deaths removes shirt, interrupts judge (UPDATE)

A Wisconsin man defending himself against homicide charges for allegedly plowing his SUV through a Christmas parade stripped off his shirt, sat with his back to the camera and stuck a sign he'd been given to signal objections down his pants Thursday before opening statements began in his trial.

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