As a community we are all grieving the loss of Rio Rancho Police Officer Gregg Benner. The cause of death was an unprovoked, premeditated and malice act of a known murderer. This is now murder number two for this offender. The current, District Court Judge Christina J. Jaramillo who allowed this murderer to wonder our streets freely has stated she does not comment on cases. Our thoughts here at the Eye are; Judge Jaramillo DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT.
Here is the difference. The average person did not pursue a “public” life which affords them certain rights such as the right to remain silent. When a person such as Judge Jaramillo decides to pursue a political public life; their life becomes an open book and they lose certain rights that the rest of the private public are afforded.
Christina J. Jaramillo started out as a very liberal Public Defender employed by the New Mexico’s Public Defender’s Office. After several years as a liberal attorney who fought avidly to allow the criminals to slither in our streets she was appointed by a liberal Governor, Big Billy Richardson. Is the picture starting to come together?
Jaramillo has any defendant’s full history at her finger tips literally. She could have easily pulled it up on her State of New Mexico issued computer that sits on-top of her bench. Or she could have instructed her courtroom clerk to pull it. Knowing the severity of the charges why didn’t Jaramillo order a PSA (Pre-Sentence Report)? This is a common practice among competent judges.
Remember when President Clinton stated it was none of anybody’s business when he had an affair while in office? He sought election and the public elected him; at that point he no longer had a “right to remain silent.” The same is applicable to Jaramillo; she sought the appointment to a judgeship, and ran for election thereafter to which the public voted her into office. At that point she no longer had a “right to remain silent.”
The action of Judge Christina J. Jaramillo is nothing short of calculated. Our Eyes tell us Jaramillo, as a matter of common practice, continued cases all the times because she did not want to go to trial. Why? Because it was too late in the day or she had to get home. Was it this blunder which caused Officer Benner’s life? Was this a result of a lazy judge who was trying to avoid a trail?
Perhaps we the people need to start changing the laws and make the judges accountable. Did you know coppers, firefighters and ambulance/medical personnel must take random drug tests? Judges don't. If a public servant J walks; they are disciplined. Judges don't. If there is anything questionable a public servant does they are subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination as well as criminal and civil prosecution. Judges are completely unaccountable for any of their action.
What would happen if a judge had to do the same amount of time as an offender because the judge released a criminal without conducting due diligence and who goes back out and commits another crime? We are thinking the judges, such as, Jaramillo would start doing due diligence. Otherwise judges like Jaramillo would be facing the death penalty or life in prison.