Judge Jeff McElroy has dismissed charges against the defendants in the strange New Mexico compound case. Via NBC:
The father of a 3-year-old boy found dead in a filthy New Mexico compound and his partner pleaded not guilty Wednesday to new charges of child abuse resulting in death after lesser charges were dismissed against them and other members of their extended family as the result of a deadline missed by prosecutors.
The dead boy’s father, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, and his partner Jany Leveille remained silent as pleas were entered by a judge on their behalf. The charges could carry life sentences in the death of Abdul-ghani Wahhaj.
Their pleas came after a judge dismissed child neglect charges filed against them earlier this month. Another judge made the same decision involving three other defendants earlier Wednesday.
To recap the story: local police find a compound in the desert after a child is reported missing. They find the child dead there, as well as a training ground run by some shady characters, including a gentleman whose father was involved in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. It is thought they were training kids to do school shootings. Somehow, after all of this, they leave the site unguarded and reporters are able to trounce through (which contaminated the crime scene) and later bulldoze the site entirely, even with plenty of weapons, ammo, and other evidence still there. Fishy, no? Somehow a few of them were deemed not dangerous to society and given unusually low bails considering the crime. Not dangers to society, yet:
Prosecutors said in court filings they discovered a hand-written document called “Phases of a Terrorist Attack” that was seized from the compound and includes vague instructions for “the one-time terrorist” and mentioned an unnamed place called “the ideal attack site.”
Prosecutors wrote in court filings that new interviews with some of the children removed from the compound revealed that one of the adults, Lucas Morton, stated he wished to die in jihad as a martyr and that Leveille and Subhannah Wahhaj joked about dying in jihad. Morton, as well as Subhannah and Hujrah Wahhaj, had their charges dismissed Wednesday.
This case reeks of something worse going on. In this climate and knowing what we know now, it wouldn’t be surprising at all to learn this is a black ops site run by the CIA or some other 3 letter agency, would it? That would sound crazy to anyone even just a couple years ago but seems like the most likely scenario now, or they’re just trying to cover the case up because of the religious background of those doing it. Something tells me they weren’t expecting an overzealous local police department infringing on their activities.
It serves as yet another example of uneven penalties for disparate groups of people. This would appear as a cut and dry case of a danger to society, yet they mucked up the investigation every step of the way, to the point of gross negligence or purposeful sabotage. The swamp needs draining.