Judge erred

The Taos News - - FAVOR Y CONTRA -

Some­one might buy District Judge Sarah C. Backus a tele­vi­sion set to fol­low the lo­cal news re­ports on the ac­tiv­i­ties that took place in Amalia. Ap­par­ently the judge’s back­ground from San Fran­cisco, Cal­i­for­nia has some­what jaded her per­spec­tive on the char­ac­ters that de­vel­oped the com­pound and placed all those chil­dren in jeop­ardy. Now one young­ster has died. One of the residents has been turned over to ICE (Im­mi­gra­tion and Customs En­force­ment). Your news­pa­per cer­tainly has given this lo­cal to na­tional story plenty of cov­er­age for all cit­i­zens to have thoughts on keep­ing these peo­ple un­der lock and key un­til due process takes place. Again elected of­fi­cials, such as a district judge, don’t re­ally have to an­swer to the elec­torate. I would sug­gest vot­ers re­mem­ber the judge’s de­ci­sion-mak­ing, in this case, come her re­elec­tion.

J. HOWARD DEME Al­bu­querque

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