BREAKING: Charges Dismissed Against 3 Terror Suspects in New Mexico
Hold your outrage for a second, this one isn't as it seems. Three of the five suspects from the New Mexico compound terror cell had the charges against them dropped. But this isn't about "OMG, ISLAM GETS A PASS" or "OMG, THE LIBERALS!" this time. The judge had no choice in the matter:
A judge on Wednesday dismissed child neglect charges against three of five people arrested at a remote desert compound in northern New Mexico where 11 children were found living in filth and the body of a 3-year-old boy was discovered.
Which yes, this is obviously terrible news. One hundred percent. But before you hit the outrage button and launch yourself into defcon ten, hold up.
Judge Emilio Chavez ruled that he could not keep the three in custody because prosecutors missed a 10-day limit for an evidentiary hearing to establish probable cause for the neglect charges.
The judge had no choice. The ten day rule came down from the New Mexico Supreme Court in response to jail over-crowding:
So far, 81 criminal cases have been dismissed by Bernalillo County prosecutors and judges, because of a new 10-day rule imposed by the state’s Supreme Court.
The rule is supposed to get cases through the courts faster and ease jail overcrowding. If discovery in the case isn’t in before the 10-day deadline, cases are dismissed.
Which means in this New Mexico compound case, the prosecutors, for whatever reason, were unable to meet the ten day deadline. We can debate the merits of the Supreme Court's ruling, but it certainly doesn't sound like the judge, at least this time, was trying to skirt laws or play favorites. He really had his legal hands tied.
Prosecutors could still seek charges for the three — Lucas Morton, Subhannah Wahhaj and Hujrah Wahha — by asking a grand jury to indict them but offered no immediate indication on how they would proceed.
So it's not all over yet. Prosecutors can still nab these three child abusing (allegedly) troll goblins. But they must do it the legal, proper way.
This won't be a popular opinion, especially when there are clear evil elements at play. But laws and rulings exist to protect people's rights. Or in this case, to prevent too many people from overcrowding jails while prosectors assemble evidence.
We can debate what needs to happen next, or what New Mexico is doing wrong. That's fair. Maybe prosecutors in New Mexico are overwhelmed and under paid. Maybe there is a fear of being labeled Islamophobic. It wouldn't be the first time.
Ultimately though, if I was charged with a crime, and the prosecutors couldn't find enough evidence against me in a set amount of time as dictated by a higher court, I'd want to be released. Again, yes, it sucks when people are abusing children like what happened here. I get that. But the justice system is called the "justice" system for a reason.
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