Former Waukesha prosecutor Tom Grieve told Fox News Digital that Milwaukee has the most lenient bail in all of Wisconsin — and that Brooks’ release for allegedly running over his ex-girlfriend five days before he plowed the same car into holiday revelers Nov. 21 was the norm.
“It’s standard for Milwaukee,” said Grieve, who now heads the state’s largest criminal defense firm. “This is not bail you would be getting in Waukesha County, that’s for sure.”
DA John Chisholm launched an internal investigation into a junior prosecutor’s decision to request the low bail for Brooks, 39, who has a 50-page rap sheet spanning three states, after critics called for his removal over the debacle. The career criminal was out on $ 500 bail at the time for shooting at two people in another felony case.
Commissioner Cedric Cornwall, who signed off on the sum, has been reassigned and will no longer handle criminal matters, Chief Circuit Judge Mary Triggiano said at a press conference, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Cornwall had the discretion to review Brooks’ history and not simply green-light the prosecutor’s recommendation, Triggiano said.
A review of three recent cases suggests that the bail decision for Brooks, who is accused of killing six and injuring 62 when he rammed his SUV into an annual Christmas parade, wasn’t unique.
Cops busted Omarion Jones, 18, on Sept. 23 after they pulled over the Chevy Trailblazer he was riding in 15 minutes after it was used as the getaway car in a bank heist at Prime Financial Credit Union.
Police had previously placed a GPS tracking device on the vehicle as part of an investigation into the Trailblazer and Jones’ connection to a series of bank robberies and a shooting.
Jones, seated in the rear passenger seat, was one of four occupants. Police recovered a demand note in the seat back pocket in front of him and stolen money from the bank, court records show.
But Jones was only arrested on a single count of misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon and released on a $ 500 signature bond in Milwaukee County Circuit Court. He didn’t actually have to post the money — but simply signed a piece of paper agreeing to pay the sum if he violated the terms of his release. This is standard practice for most misdemeanors. He was freed on Sept. 28.
Milwaukee prosecutors upgraded the charges in a new complaint Oct. 8 to two counts of robbery of a financial institution and one count of carrying a concealed weapon for the Prime Financial Credit Union hit.
He wasn’t picked up until Nov. 10 when cops spotted him in the passenger seat of a Subaru Forrester that was reportedly stolen two days earlier during an armed robbery. Commissioner Grace Flynn set bail at $ 1,000 for the bank robbery, and he was back on the street Nov. 17.
The next day prosecutors dropped another pair of complaints against Jones, alleging that he and his crew were behind a violent crime spree in Milwaukee — including two other bank heists and a shooting that left two injured. But he wasn’t apprehended on the cases for nearly two weeks.