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In the court file, there’s no explanation of why he wasn’t simply let go. Legal experts say judges need to give that explanation.

"You have to explain, if you’re a judge, to the defendant why it is that you’re assessing them money," said former judge and UNM professor Joshua Kastenberg.

Archuleta had a long record, and Kastenberg believes that’s a big factor in the judge setting bail.

"You want judges to be able to exercise their discretion, but without a ruling, we don’t know what this particular judge had in his or her thought processes," he said.

He says the judge may have explained it in court.

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