Jennifer Dorow is the district judge for Waukesha County, Wisconsin, presiding over the trial of Darrell Brooks in connection with the attack on the Waukesha Christmas parade.
Dorow has allowed Brooks to represent himself in the attack, which killed six people, including children, and injured 62 people. Brooks is accused of plowing a car into the parade in the city of Waukesha, a suburban community near Milwaukee, on November 21, 2021. He was charged with 77 counts, including six counts of first-degree murder in the attack.
You can read the criminal complaint here.
Who is Judge Jennifer Dorow?
Here’s what you need to know:
Brooks has repeatedly interrupted Dorow in court. She said in a video that Brooks’ mother wrote her a letter worrying that Brooks made the wrong decision to represent herself in court.
Three of the four doctors diagnosed Brooks with a personality disorder, Dorow began explaining, justifying her decision to let Brooks act as his own attorney. Brooks began to interrupt her.
“Mr. Brooks, don’t interrupt me,” she said.
“Not now. You can ask when I’m done,” she said while Brooks kept trying to intervene.
“Mr. Brooks put me through it. It’s really important that I made a record…” she said as he tried to keep speaking.
“Stop talking and listen because you will get the answer. You have to listen.”
Brooks continued to interrupt.
According to Fox11 News, Dorow told Brooks, “This court has warned Mr. Brooks what he is getting into.” He has no legal training, and although he suffers from a personality disorder, experts found he was articulate and intelligent enough to act as his own attorney, Fox reported.
Jennifer Dorow has been a Waukesha judge since 2012, according to her Waukesha bio page.
According to Ballotpedia, she was appointed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker “in December 2011 and was sworn in and reelected the following year. Her term expires in 2018.”
Jennifer Dorow worked as a prosecutor before becoming a judge. According to Ballotpedia, she was an assistant district attorney in the Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office.
Judge Dorow is married to Brian Dorow, who worked for Homeland Security. He is a former law enforcement officer. The couple have children.
According to his LinkedIn page, Dorow’s husband is “Chief Homeland Security Enterprise Advisor” for Miter in McLean, Virginia.
“Miter Corporation is working to solve some of the nation’s greatest defense, cybersecurity, healthcare, homeland security, justice and transportation challenges. Additionally, Miter’s mission-driven teams are dedicated to solving problems for a safer world.
“Through our public-private partnerships and government-funded R&D centers, we work across governments and in partnership with industry to address challenges to the security, stability and well-being of our nation.”
Prior to that, he was President and CEO of a Waukesha-based security company, Assistant Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security in Washington DC, Dean of the Criminal Justice, Homeland Security and County Terrorism Program at Waukesha County Technical College, and a Police Superintendent with the Waukesha City Police Department.
He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
An interesting fact about Dorow is that she has an identical twin sister.
Judge Dorow “earned her BA from Marquette University and her JD from Regent University,” according to Ballotpedia.
According to Patch, in addition to her work as a prosecutor, Dorow also worked as a defense attorney.
According to a Wisconsin Court System newsletter, Dorow serves as chief justice for the third district, which includes Dodge, Jefferson, Ozaukee, Waukesha and Washington counties in Wisconsin.