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Darrell Brooks’ Lawyer Withdraws Due to Conflict of Interest

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    On November 29th, 2021, the lawyer for the alleged Waukesha Parade murderer has withdrawn from representing his former client. Joe Damask cited a conflict of interest when it came to defending the 39-year-old Darrell Brooks Jr. who is now accused of intentionally running an SUV into the Waukesha Christmas parade on November 21st, 2021, killing six and injuring 62.

    The lawyer was originally set to represent Brooks in two other cases against the convicted felon, but shortly after news of the attack last Sunday, Domask “notified the court that he planned to withdraw from two open cases in Milwaukee, records show. Both contain multiple charges against Brooks, including one for allegedly shooting at and missing his nephew and another for driving his red Ford SUV over the mother of his child.”

    That’s the same SUV Brooks is accused of intentionally ramming into parade participants and attendees. It’s also the same SUV he used in one of his rap videos which discusses his “pimpin” of a minor.

    It’s not hard to see why a lawyer wouldn’t want to represent someone like this, but most of the time a lawyer must have permission from the court to step down from any case. Because Joe Domask and his firm may have some kind of ties to the incident, it is not only ethical that he withdraw himself from the other two cases, but it could be mandatory depending on the circumstances.

    “Relationships and familiarities, both direct and indirect, between Attorney Domask and members of Domask Law Office and individuals, families, groups, organizations and the communities affected by incidents arising on November 21, 2021 in the Waukesha County Holiday Parade have created a concurrent conflict of interest in Attorney Domask’s representation of Mr. Brooks in this case,” the motion reads.

    Brooks had already been charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide for the deaths of Virginia Sorenson, 79, LeAnna Owen, 71, Tamara Durand, 52, Jane Kulich, 52, and Wilhelm Hospel, 81, on November 21st. But just yesterday, Monday, the 29th of November, Waukesha District Attorney Susan Opper added a sixth count for the death of 8-year-old Jackson Sparks after the young boy succumbed to injuries sustained during the attack.

    Brooks will now have to find or have new representation appointed to him for the other two cases. There are several bits of advice offered by the American Bar Association on their site for if you find yourself in need of a criminal lawyer. They state quite clearly that constitution guarantees you “free legal help for people who are charged with a crime which might lead to imprisonment and who cannot afford a lawyer.”

    Which amendment offers us this protection? The 6th. It states:

    “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.”

    For the Waukesha Massacre, Brooks has been assigned two public defenders, Jeremy Perri and Anna Keys according to Fox News.

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