Who are Darrell Brooks' lawyers? Two public defenders will represent Waukesha suspect
On November 23, Darrell Brooks aka MathBoi Fly was charged with five counts of intentional homicide, with a sixth charge possible as well. It comes days after the tragic attack on a parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, in which Brooks injured over 50 and killed six after driving his car into the parade.
As we reported, the rapper, who created a song with the lyrics "f--k Donald Trump" has an extensive rap sheet. His own grandmother and nephew filed a no-contact order against him, and he's also a wanted sex offender in Nevada. As a result of that rap sheet, and a past charge of bail jumping, the Waukesha District Attorney decided to set bail for Brooks at $5 million. It comes after Brooks previously posted a $1,000 bail, which led to widespread condemnation of the DA's office.
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Brooks made his first appearance at court on November 23, where he was caught breaking down when DA Susan Opper announced a sixth victim - an eight-year-old boy - had died as well. Footage shows Brooks' lawyer consoling him, which many on social media felt angry at.
Who is Darrell Brooks' lawyer?
Brooks is currently facing a large list of charges from multiple previous incidents. He is currently being represented by Joseph Domask in Milwaukee County, where he has two open felony cases against him. The first stems from a July 2020 argument with his nephew, and the second from an early November altercation with a woman who he then drove over. Domask confirmed that he wasn't representing Brooks in the Waukesha case.
Fox News reported that Brooks' lawyers in the Waukesha incident are Jeremy Perri and Anna Kees. According to her LinkedIn profile, Kees is an Assistant State Public Defender, who has been working for the state for five years. Before that, she spent several years in private practice. Kees is a specialist in criminal defense and alumni of Marquette University Law School. Perri is another public defender, who has been licensed for 19 years.
From the footage, it appears Kees is the one consoling Brooks as he breaks down, but we cannot confirm this. Opper then asked for bail to be set at $5m, because under Wisconsin law, the bail amount needs to be paid in full for an individual to be eligible. Perri and Kees argued Brooks was broke and unable to furnish such a high amount, but County Commissioner Kevin M. Costello declined to reduce the amount noting previously smaller amounts didn't prevent him from jumping bail.
When is Brooks due back in court?
Should Brooks somehow make the enormous figure, Costello ruled he will have to be under GPS monitoring and be barred from operating a motor vehicle or possessing weapons. Costello also noted the amount was "extraordinarily high", but "warranted" given Brooks' record. Given that he's unlikely to come up with the amount, Brooks will remain in jail until his next court appearance, tentatively scheduled for January 14.
It's unclear how he will plead, but either way, things don't look good for him. Since Wisconsin doesn't have a death penalty, should Brooks be found guilty on even one charge, he will be sentenced to life in prison. Prosecutors admitted that "more charges are pending," but did not detail what those were. We should know more in the coming days as more details are made public.