Court 'Loses' Transcript from Waukesha Christmas Parade Attacker's Prior Bail Hearing
Officials say digital recording of a Darrell Brooks hearing was 'damaged'
The court, that let Darrell Brooks walk free on a $1000 bail before he carried out the Waukesha Christmas Parade massacre, has claimed that it has "lost" the transcript from the hearing.
Brooks was released on a staggeringly low bail for allegedly running over an ex-girlfriend with his car just two weeks before the deadly Christmas parade rampage that left six people dead, including an 8-year-old child, in the Wisconsin city.
A court official claims the record of that critical bail hearing has been "damaged" and is now lost forever.
In Wisconsin, every official court proceeding is memorialized either by a digital recording device or a court reporter.
However, an official told Fox News on Tuesday that the transcript of the hearing has mysteriously been damaged and is permanently gone.
"The digital recording is damaged," she said after making an attempt to order a copy of the November 5 transcript.
Violent career criminal Brooks, 39, allegedly mowed down the mother of one of his children with a red Ford Escape SUV on November 2 — leaving a tire mark on her left leg, authorities have said.
Despite the serious charges and another pending felony case for shooting at his nephew during a fight in July 2020, a junior prosecutor recommended $1,000 cash bail for Brooks.
His mother promptly posted the small sum.
About two weeks later, on November 21, Brooks drove the same red Ford Escape SUV into holiday revelers, authorities say.
The attack killed six innocent people and injured 60.
After the horrific incident, Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm announced an internal investigation into the widely panned decision to request the paltry bail amount.
"The state’s bail recommendation, in this case, was inappropriately low in light of the nature of the recent charges and the pending charges against Mr. Brooks," Chisholm said in a statement.
The DA, a self-described "progressive," has championed reforms aimed at reducing cash bail and incarceration rates.
Brooks is locked up at the Waukesha County Jail on a $5 million bond and faces six counts of intentional homicide and other charges.
The career criminal, with a rap sheet stretching back to 1999, has become a poster child for the failures of liberal criminal justice reforms.