Waukesha County Chief Judge Jennifer Dorow expressed her thoughts on the Wisconsin bail laws that allowed for Waukesha Christmas parade killer Darrell Brooks to be released before perpetrating his attack in a new interview.
“Our bail laws in Wisconsin go back to 1980, and it was amended in both our constitution and in our statute in a way that does not allow judges to consider community protection when setting bail,” she told a local CBS affiliate. “And that’s a flaw in our system that needs to change.”
Earlier this week, Dorow’s family confirmed to a local outlet that the judge will run for Wisconsin’s Supreme Court in the spring.
“I think I owe it, though, to the citizens of Wisconsin to really think about this seriously and then make a decision on what I want to do. It certainly would be a tremendous honor,” Dorow said in the interview.
She has until Jan. 3 to file for spring primary.
Dorow said she “was interested in First Amendment religious liberty law” before she decided to attend law school, but after attending, she found that she “really loved criminal law” and wanted to become a prosecutor.
She also revealed the importance of faith in her life. Going to church is something she does regularly, and “when things get tough, I resort to prayer,” she added.
Despite all of her accomplishments thus far, she said se is most proud of being a working mother: “I think being a mom is really helpful to the job of being a judge — certainly patience and, you know, dealing with whatever may come my way.”
Brooks was sentenced in November to six life sentences without the possibility of extended supervision by Dorow. He had been found guilty of 76 criminal counts by a jury, including six counts of first-degree homicide. He has since filed a notice of intent to appeal the verdict.