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While I was covering the Waukesha Christmas Parade murder trial for American Renaissance, I was struck by similarities to the case of James Fields, the white man who drove his car into a crowd of protesters on August 11, 2017, at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Both Darrell Brooks and James Fields... Read More
Darrell Brooks was on trial in Waukesha for murder after he drove through the city’s Christmas parade, killing six people. On Monday, October 24, after Mr. Brooks had no more witnesses to call, Judge Jennifer Dorow asked if he was going to take the stand himself. He would not give her a straight answer. She... Read More
The trial of Darrell Brooks, the black man who drove a car through the Waukesha Christmas parade, continued on October 17, with testimony from people who saw Mr. Brooks after he left his mother’s red SUV — heavily damaged from hitting men, women, and children — in a driveway, not far from the parade route.... Read More
The Waukesha Christmas parade murder trial went into its seventh day. Darrell Brooks, Jr., who drove an SUV through a crowd of people, started the day by babbling about a lawsuit and insisting that he doesn’t identify as Darrell Brooks. All week, he has wasted the court’s time making nonsensical arguments and misusing legal terminology.... Read More
When day six of the trial began, Darrell Brooks stated, as he has many times before, that he is “a third party and does not identify as Darrell Brooks.” Judge Jennifer Dorow stated for the record that he is Darrell Brooks, and that he has never provided any other name. The judge said, “I am... Read More
At the start of the fifth trial day, defendant Darrell Brooks, who is representing himself, handed a subpoena to the judge. He wanted to call an out-of-state witness, but decided not to, when he learned it would be his responsibility to arrange her transportation and lodging. He filled out paperwork for another subpoena. Judge Jennifer... Read More
Darrell Brooks, the mass murderer who drove through the Waukesha Christmas parade, started the fourth day of his trial by claiming he is not Darrell Brooks. He began this tactic the day before, but didn’t say who else he might be. Judge Jennifer Dorow declared the record should reflect that he is the individual known... Read More
On Monday, the trial of the Waukesha Christmas Parade killer resumed. Darrell Brooks faces life in prison for driving his car through a Christmas parade on November 21, 2021, injuring more than 60 white people and killing six. The parade is a 60-year-old tradition in Waukesha, held every year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Mr.... Read More
Darrell Brooks Jr., the Waukesha Christmas parade killer, has been representing himself in his trial, and on Friday, he cross-examined his ex-girlfriend. Erika Patterson, 32 and black, testified that she has known Darrell Brooks since age 16, when they lived in Reno, Nevada. They have a 15-year-old daughter. Miss Patterson, who now lives in Georgia,... Read More
The trial of Darrell Brooks Jr. begins today. Mr. Brooks, a 39-year-old black man, drove his red SUV through a crowd during the Waukesha Christmas parade on November 21, 2021, killing six people. At about 4 pm, he drove through barricades at the parade and continued for five blocks, zig-zagging through the crowd at 25... Read More
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New York City is paying out nearly $1.8 billion to black and Hispanic teachers who were unable to pass a test that was required for them to get a New York State teacher’s license. Thus far, more than half of the plaintiffs in this decades-old class action suit have won compensatory damages; Silvia Alvarez was... Read More
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On August 8 in Brunswick, Georgia, U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood handed down life sentences for federal hate crimes to the father and son who were convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery. After the state-court criminal trial that took place in November 2021, Travis McMichael, 35, and his father Gregory McMichael, 66, were both... Read More
Convicted hate crime hoaxer Jussie Smollett walked out of jail after serving only six days of a 150-day sentence. The black gay actor who claimed he was assaulted by two whites wearing MAGA hats in Chicago in January 2019, was tried last December for lying to police and found guilty of five of six counts... Read More
Hate crime hoaxer Jussie Smollett was sentenced on March 10 in Cook County, Illinois. The actor and musician had been found guilty of five counts of felony disorderly conduct for staging a hate crime hoax and lying to police. Details of the trial are here. The sentencing hearing lasted more than five hours, which would... Read More
A black man shoots a white man in the head and claims self-defense. Part Two covers the defense witnesses, including the shooter himself, closing arguments, and verdict. In a road-rage incident on September 22, 2020 in Milwaukee, a black bicyclist named Theodore Edgecomb shot and killed an unarmed white man named Jason Cleereman. Mr. Edgecomb... Read More
A black man shoots a white man in the head and claims self-defense. Part One covers opening arguments and prosecution witnesses, including the woman who watched her husband die. When the defense team for accused murderer Theodore Edgecomb — a black Milwaukee man who shot a white man to death — decided to claim self-defense,... Read More
Actor Jussie Smollett is now officially a hate crime hoaxer; a jury in Chicago’s Cook County found him guilty of five out of six charges of disorderly conduct for lying to police, including two charges specifically for claiming to be a victim of a hate crime. Mr. Smollett was an unknown actor when he was... Read More
Today there will be closing arguments in Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial, but it is worth reviewing some of the most dramatic testimony in the case. Any claims of self defense as a justification for homicide turns on the mental state of the accused. Would a reasonable man, in his situation, have used potentially deadly force... Read More
In his opening statement, Mr. Rittenhouse’s lawyer said that a Kenosha used-car dealer, Car Source, had asked Mr. Rittenhouse to help protect the business after arsonists set one of its car lots on fire during riots after Jacob Blake was shot. On Friday — day five of the trial — the court heard from two... Read More
Jury selection for the trial of the three white men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery is finally over. Opening arguments will begin today in Brunswick, Georgia. You can read about the background of the case here. It took 13 days to select the jurors. This is abysmally slow. The jury in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial,... Read More
On Tuesday, the jury heard opening statements in Wisconsin v. Kyle Rittenhouse, one of the most closely watched criminal cases likely to be tried this year. Here are the events that led up to the case, and a point-by-point summary of the arguments both sides will make. In August 2020, a Kenosha, Wisconsin police officer... Read More
The Ahmaud Arbery trial will begin on Monday. Three white men are charged with murdering the 25-year-old black man. In early 2020, in the Satilla Shores neighborhood of Brunswick, Georgia, property owner Larry English posted videos of various people trespassing inside his new home, which was under construction. Ahmaud Arbery was captured on the security... Read More
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In March 2019, Samantha Josephson, a white 21-year-old from New Jersey, was finishing her senior year at the University of South Carolina. When she learned she had been accepted to Drexel Law School on a full scholarship, she decided to celebrate at the Bird Dog, a pub in the Five Points night-club area of Columbia.... Read More
Outside the Hennepin County Courthouse on Tuesday morning, a crowd chanted, “If George don’t get it, SHUT IT DOWN! If George don’t get it, SHUT IT DOWN!” while the jurors deliberated inside. Although 14 jurors heard the case, Judge Peter Cahill excused the two alternates after closing arguments on Monday, and Jurors #96 and #118... Read More
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Court began with discussions outside the presence of the jury. Derek Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric Nelson, objecting to the prosecution’s plan to call another use-of-force expert. He said it would only be repetition of what other witnesses have said. Earlier, Judge Peter Cahill cautioned prosecutors about “cumulative” witnesses, and said he would not let them bring... Read More
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