Taos County Courthouse Evacuated, Judge Threatened For Releasing Accused Child Abusers
The Taos County District Courthouse, presiding Judge Sarah Backus, and several administrative buildings were evacuated yesterday due to threats against Judge Backus after she allowed several suspected child abusers to walk out of court on bail. City officials described the threats as “credible.”
On Tuesday, Taos county Judge Backus released several suspects who are accused of child abuse at a New Mexico compound. A child’s dead body has also been located on the site of the compound.
Backus chose not to detain the suspects in the crime, claiming that the prosecution didn’t prove the compound members were a threat to the local community.
One caller threatened Judge Backus specifically, saying, her “throat would be slit.”
While the community that Backus claims to have interpreted no threat for is furious over the decision, the court’s administrative panels are backing her. Administrative Office of the Courts Artie Pepin said that “Judge Sarah Backus carried out her responsibility on Monday”
“However, the judge’s responsibility is to fairly and impartially apply the law and make a decision based on the evidence presented to the court,” Pepin said. “A judge’s responsibility is to follow the law—not popular sentiment that may develop from incomplete or misleading information.”
But did Judge Backus act in an impartial way, or was she influenced by the defense teams assertions that the alleged child abusers Muslim faith made them a target of additional court scrutiny?
Lucas Morton, Jany Leveille, Hujrah Wahhaj, Subhannah Wahhaj, and most notoriously, Siraj Wahhaj, face 11 counts of child abuse. The prosecution contends (and presented Judge Backus of supporting evidence) that these 11 adults were starving children and training them to carry out violent attacks against schools and other potential targets.
Backus was disappointed that she didn’t hear more about the malnourished children, all of which are now in foster care.
The court documents showed that the kids were trained “in the use of an assault rifle in preparation for a future school shooting, to kill as many people as possible.”
Judge Backus says there is no evidence supporting child abuse. Here’ images that local New Mexico new, KOB, posted that show where the kids were living. You decide.
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She claims there isn’t enough evidence on how the body of the child found on the compound’s property died.
She claims that children should be trained to use guns and there is no proof they were planning to use them to shoot up schools. In the report, when the raid occurred, Compound members had rifles in their hands while the children held ammo.
This is a travesty. This Judge needs to immediately be relieved of her duty.
Isn’t America great, you can murder kids, kidnap kids, and run an Islamic Extremist camp to teach kids to shoot up schools.
If you get caught, Judge Sarah Backus will let you walk on a signature bond. pic.twitter.com/Egyk6eLrQo
— Paul Talley (@PaulTalley) August 14, 2018
Author: Jim Satney
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