New Mexico compound judge has a history of issuing low bail for violent offenders



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The children were reportedly being trained for terror in New Mexico.

It is the judge who on Monday set a $20,000 bail for the five suspects arrested at a remote New Mexico compound where authorities say children were trained to the conduct of school shootings has a history of low release of bail for violent offenders.

Judge Sarah Backus, an elected Democrat, left the two men and three women are wearing ankle monitors, have weekly contact with their lawyers and no alcohol or own firearms, while out on bail. She said that although she was concerned by an “alarming facts,” prosecutors failed to make clear what are the specific threats to the community.

Judge Sarah Backus set a $20,000 bail to five persons accused of child abuse in a remote New Mexico compound where a child was also found dead.

(New Mexico Courts)

The five suspects were arrested more than a week ago when the police raided a squalid makeshift living structure near the Colorado state line in response to a report of the children in the filth, severe hunger, dangers and hazards, including a leaking propane tank. The 11 children at the compound were placed in state custody.


Prosecutors said Monday Siraj Ibn Wahhaj on the condition that a number of the children with firearms training, including tactical skills, such as “speed of loading” rifles and shoot in motion.

“What I heard today is disturbing, for sure. Disturbing facts about many children in far from ideal conditions and persons who live in a very unconventional way,” Backus said.

Monday is not the first time, Backus has issued a low bail for defendants accused of violent crimes.

Last month, she has a $10,000 bond for Rafael Orozco, a 24-year-old Taos man accused of battering his girlfriend, his newborn child and a social worker at Holy Cross Hospital in September 2016.

Rafael Orozco is accused of questions of a lock at the Holy Cross Hospital, allegedly after attacking his girlfriend, a newborn child and a caregiver.

The police said Orozco prompted a lockdown in the hospital after punching his girlfriend when they have their newborn breastfed in front of a male doctor, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported. The police said Orozco then grabbed the mother by the throat and struck the baby.

Orozco reportedly fled the hospital and was arrested in Rio Arriba County a few months later. While in prison, Orozco was accused of other crimes, including the obtaining of Suboxone, an opioid medication, and the pulling of a fire alarm. A year later, he and his brother Cristian Orozco, were charged with assaulting and threatening an agent.

In September, Backus approved an order to imprison Orozco at the Lea County Correctional facility until his trial. His lawyer recently filed a motion arguing for his release, and last month, Backus ruled in his favor.


According to the New Mexico Courts website, Backus was first appointed as a member of the bank in June 2011 by the Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. She was elected to the post in 2012 and is expected to remain there until at least 2020.

Prior to her appointment to the bench, Backus, a graduate of the University of California Hastings college of the Law – is served as a deputy public prosecutor and the Advocate-General in San Francisco. She lived in Taos since 1994.

Martinez issued a statement after Monday’s hearing to say that they “completely disagree” with the outcome and Backus’ decision.

“Unfortunately, it highlights how extreme the New Mexico Supreme Court is in the dictation of pretrial release for all types of dangerous criminals,” she said.

Defendants Hujrah Wahhaj, left, and Siraj Wahhaj, were among several people arrested, after authorities raided a home and found 11 children to a dirty connection on the edge of the small Amalia, N. M.


Ryan Cangiolosi, chairman of the Republican y of New Mexico, according to Backus, the decision to release “suspected terrorists” in the community, the people of the state in danger.

“By releasing these suspects even without placing them in custody, Judge Backus has people in danger and created the risk that she could flee and damage to other children and communities as well,” he said in a statement. “As New Mexico Democratic y leaders are serious about keeping our state safe, they should join me in denouncing Judge Backus, and the incredible failure of leadership and judgment demonstrated by her terrible decision.”


Elsewhere, there was a swift social media backlash against Backus, with many calling for her resignation.

New Mexico courts are at their worst.
Elections have consequences: “…if you lived in northern New Mexico for a period of time you are aware that a lot of people here live in unconventional ways,’ Judge Sarah Backus said.” #nmpol

— Bailey N. Griffith (@BaileyNGriffith) August 14, 2018

This idiot judge needs immediate disbarment! If someone else is hurt by these criminals, I hope they are in prison. #SarahBackusJudge #loserliberal

— Jim (@Jim7392) August 14, 2018

Left-wing judge Sarah Backus true to form: they released Islamist terrorists on low bail, to teach children how to shoot up schools. #dhimmitude

— Peter Hyatt (@PeterFHyatt) August 14, 2018

There Is a need for a review of the judges. Judge Sarah Backus set the bail for the New Mexico muslims who were training children to kill our children in the schools, and the murder of a child. They walk among us, again

— Samantha (@samantha3050) August 14, 2018

Really need to remove Judge Sarah Backus and others as incompetence. Kidnapping across state lines, child abuse, hunger, brain washing torture, but not dangerous for the society.

— #AllenGangGang (@pacificfinfan1) August 14, 2018

Judge Sarah Backus needs to be removed from the bench after the release of the muslim extremists who are teaching children to carry out school shootings!!!! Retweet if you agree

— ddf1965 (@ddf19651) August 14, 2018

Despite the fact that issued on bail, but Wahhaj is likely to remain locked in anticipation of a warrant for his arrest in Georgia on charges that he kidnapped his own son, Abdul-ghani, of the mother of the boy in December, and fled to New Mexico. The four other suspects — Jany Leveille, Luke Morton, Subhannah Wahhaj and Hujrah Wahhaj — can be released on house arrest as early as Tuesday.


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Family members say the remains of a boy found in the compound of the previous week Wahhaj, the handicapped son, although medical researchers have not yet identified with the body convincing. Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe testified Monday that the remains of a young boy were found in a tunnel that was dug from the inside of the compound to an opening 100 metres away.

Defense attorneys argued prosecutors tried, wrongly, to paint, to their customers as armed militants. They also wanted the rifles and pistols found on the site were common weapons that can be purchased at retail and the group of non-aggressive effort to the defense of the compound.

Fox News’ Travis Fedschun, Nicole Darrah, Matt Richardson and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang

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