Defense lawyer takes issue with FOX6’s camera in court in Walgreens “smash & grab” burglary case

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MILWAUKEE COUNTY (WITI) -- He's a juvenile in his lawyer's eyes, but an adult in the eyes of the law. The difference played out in court on Wednesday, July 23rd for a 17-year-old facing several charges -- including burglarizing a Walgreens store.

Shortly after the June 30th burglary, the Walgreens store at 90th and Good Hope Road was open for business, but partially boarded up.

According to a criminal complaint filed against 17-year-old Demetrius Brown, Walgreens surveillance video showed a stolen Toyota Camry back into the store's front doors.

Then, the video shows four people heading into the store -- and approximately one minute later, all four are seen leaving with merchandise.

The complaint says a fingerprint was left behind -- belonging to 17-year-old Brown.

When he was arrested a few days later, he admitted to "throwing a gun into the grass when he saw police."

On Wednesday, Brown was supposed to appear in adult court for his preliminary hearing -- but his lawyer took exception to FOX6's cameras being there.

"Mr. Brown is in custody. He is available, however, I have asked specifically that he not be produced. The court rules state that we are to have three days notice and a petition from any cameras that are going to be in courtrooms. The court did bring up that that's discretionary. I then responded with the fact that my client being 17, I think adds to the sensitive nature," Brown's lawyer, Christian Eichenlaub said.

"It is discretionary under the Supreme Court ruling and at this point I don't see anything inherently sensitive with having the cameras here. They do have a right to be here, and based on this case I don't think the three days was necessary, and again, there's only the one camera," Court Commissioner Maria Dorsey said.

Eichenlaub, Brown's lawyer requested the trial judge review the Court Commissioner's opinion.

As for the alleged crime, the criminal complaint says Brown admitted to officers his "involvement in the burglary at Walgreens" that he "took a cash register and cigarettes" and that he "did it for the money."

Walgreens sustained more than $25,000 worth of damage from the burglary, and about $2,000 worth of merchandise was taken.

Brown faces four felony charges -- including burglary and possession of a firearm as an "adjudged delinquent."

The criminal complaint says Brown has a juvenile record that includes three felony burglary offenses.

3 comments

  • Better Call Saul

    This defense lawyer is a piece of ****! He defends another POS who needs to just be locked away, then whines about some trivial nonsense with cameras. What a loser. It’s people like this who make it hard for communities to be safe when they’re trying to help criminals get BACK into the streets. But hey, what does he care? He most likely lives out in the suburbs where he doesn’t have to worry about the Demetrius Browns of the world.

  • Bakerdog08

    Saul – Your ignorance is truly beyond belief. Perhaps you’d be well served by finding one fact about this case or this issue or about Mr. Eichenlaub himself, before you start typing.

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