Wisconsin Spotlight | Nov. 18, 2022
By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — Darrell Brooks Jr. is going to spend the rest of his life in prison. But the people he hurt and killed in the Waukesha Christmas Parade Massacre would very likely be here unharmed today had it not been for Milwaukee County’s revolving door criminal justice system led by “progressive” justice jurists like Mary Triggiano.
Triggiano, Milwaukee County Circuit Court Chief Judge, is stepping down to lead Marquette University’s Andrew Center for Restorative Justice, the university announced this week. She is expected to take over sometime next year for former liberal Supreme Court Justice Janine Geske.
Triggiano, who was appointed chief judge in early 2020, departs as Milwaukee County Circuit Court is buried in a case backlog thanks in large part to her strict COVID mitigation policies that long kept courtrooms locked down. She has also been a key proponent of the kinds of alternative experimental criminal justice reforms that have caused a lot of heartbreak in Milwaukee County and beyond over the past several years.