KOB-4 interviews Josh Kastenberg: Mother wants answers after son found dead in New Mexico jail
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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KOB-4 interviews Josh Kastenberg: Mother wants answers after son found dead in New Mexico jail,
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