Waukesha parade suspect Darrell Brooks’ launch on simply $1,000 bail weeks earlier than the lethal assault prompted Milwaukee’s district legal professional to announce an investigation into his personal workplace’s request for such a low sum.

But it was a court docket commissioner, not a low-level prosecutor, who agreed and cleared the method for Brooks’ launch.

Court paperwork establish Cedric Cornwall as the commissioner current at Brooks’ arraignment.


He didn’t reply to emails looking for a proof, and nobody picked up a number of calls to a cellphone listed beneath his title.

Milwaukee Court Commissioner Cedric Cornwall in a campaign photo from his failed 2014 run for a judge seat.

Milwaukee Court Commissioner Cedric Cornwall in a marketing campaign photograph from his failed 2014 run for a decide seat.
(Cornwall for Circuit Court Judge)


Numerous consultants, together with former prosecutors, cops and protection attorneys, instructed Fox News Digital that Brooks’ bail appeared too low for the crime: allegedly punching a girl, stealing her cellphone and working her over with the similar SUV believed to have been used weeks later to trigger carnage at a family-oriented vacation parade. He additionally had costs for one other firearms felony pending an lively warrant out of Nevada and a file of skipping bail.

“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,” Milwaukee DA John Chisholm’s workplace mentioned Monday whereas saying the inner investigation. “The bail recommendation in this case is not consistent with the approach of the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office toward matters involving violent crime, nor was it consistent with the risk assessment of the defendant prior to setting of bail.”

A lineup of multiple mugshots showing Waukesha suspect Darrell Brooks over the years.

A lineup of a number of mugshots displaying Waukesha suspect Darrell Brooks over the years.
(Waukesha PD/AP)


Even the suspect’s mom allegedly claimed she regretted shopping for his freedom, in accordance to a New York Post report citing a dialog with an unnamed ex-girlfriend of the suspect.

“She’s wrecked that people were killed as a result and she’s like, ‘I’m blaming myself, because had I not bailed him out, this wouldn’t have happened,'” she mentioned.

Cornwall, who has beforehand tried to change into elected to a decide’s seat, is an appointed court docket commissioner in Milwaukee serving at the pleasure of the court docket’s chief decide. Public information present he earned a base wage of $123,547 in 2020 and was employed in 2005. Prior to that he was a public defender and a companion in two personal practices.

Deadly Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin (Credit: @J_Woynilko)

Deadly Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin (Credit: @J_Woynilko)

On the similar day he set bail for Brooks, he set bail at $500 for a person accused of strangulation, battery and home violence, court docket information present. And a day earlier, he set bail for a girl dealing with three felony costs, together with one for little one abuse, at $1,000.

And in 2006, he set a $100,000 bail for a overseas trade scholar accused of a violent intercourse crime — however didn’t order him to give up his passport, in accordance to FOX 6 Milwaukee. That man, Tim Tse, then fled to China. Hong Kong authorities later arrested Tse on an unrelated cost and noticed his worldwide warrant, permitting for his eventual extradition again to the United States.

“Based on the information that was presented in court, including the serious nature of the offenses the defendant had been charged with and the allegations contained in the criminal complaint, I imposed cash bail that was 10 times higher than the amount requested by the defendant and consistent with the bail requested by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office,” Cornwall mentioned at the time. 

“After considering the statements of the prosecutor and defense attorney, I rejected the defendant’s request for lower cash bail in conjunction with his surrendering his passport, given that a person who is determined enough can find a way to leave the country without one.”

Darrell Brooks, charged with killing five people and injuring nearly 50 after plowing through a Christmas parade with his sport utility vehicle on November 21, appears in Waukesha County Court in Waukesha, Wisconsin, U.S.  November 23, 2021. Mark Hoffman/Pool via REUTERS

Darrell Brooks, charged with killing 5 individuals and injuring practically 50 after plowing by way of a Christmas parade along with his sport utility automobile on November 21, seems in Waukesha County Court in Waukesha, Wisconsin, U.S.  November 23, 2021. Mark Hoffman/Pool by way of REUTERS

He had the authority to set increased bail for Brooks however didn’t regardless of a 50-page rap sheet spanning three states and stretching again to 1999, with quite a few convictions for violent felonies — and the open warrant out of Nevada.

In the Waukesha case, overseen by a unique court docket in a unique county, District Attorney Susan Opper made good on a pledge from earlier this week and requested a bail so excessive that Brooks would haven’t any hope of paying it: $5 million.

Court Commissioner Kevin M. Costello referred to as it “extraordinarily high” however granted it anyway.

“I have no problem with the bail being recommended by the state,” he mentioned. “The nature of this offense is shocking.”

Fox News Digital’s Matt Wall contributed to this report.