“What I’ve heard here today is troubling, definitely. Troubling facts about numerous children in far from ideal circumstances and individuals who are living in a very unconventional way – although if you have lived in northern New Mexico for any period of time you are aware that many people here live in unconventional ways,” Judge Sarah Backus said.
I am stunned this has not received more attention.
Every one of these terrorists should be behind bars for life for what they did to those kids. That does not even begin to touch the obvious terror web and network present.
The decision stunned many, and prompted threats against Backus. But experts say the move is the result of a series of recent changes to how the state treats defendants before their trials, with “clear and convincing evidence” of being a danger to the community a legal requirement for pre-trial detention with no bail.
“These people have been charged. They have not been convicted,” said Leo Romero, a professor emeritus at the University of New Mexico Law School and the chairman of a committee that made recommendations on reforming cash bail in the state, which were adopted by the state Supreme Court in 2017.
If these terrorist are not a clear and immediate danger to society…Then one simply will never exist.
Recall Judge Backus and repair this horrific 2017 bail “reform.”
I don’t think we could find 10 people that agree with her decision.
Perhaps the only reason people have not gone bananas is that they are still being held for various other infractions…Which should have made it easy for the judge to detain them against the 2017 “guidelines.”