Tucker Carlson and former prosecutor Joe diGenova blasted a New Mexico district judge who ruled that suspects accused of training children to commit terrorist acts can be released on bond while awaiting trial.

Judge Sarah Backus, a Democrat appointed by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and later elected to her post, allowed the suspects' potential release after their compound was raided by law enforcement in the Taos County desert.

Carlson said these men were allowed to go free for the time being while ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was denied such accommodation and thrown in solitary confinement in a Virginia jail prior to his ongoing trial.

He said Manafort is being "punished for helping Donald Trump" and his alleged tax crimes are apparently "more profound than training children to be terrorists."


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"We are at a strange time in our history," diGenova said, adding that Backus apparently "brought some of the crazy turf" from the Bay Area when she moved from San Francisco to Taos.

Carlson said that, apparently, breaking immigration laws award you praise in the press while you can be confined 23 hours a day for political reasons.

"Why are the rest of us assiduously following the letter of the law? Are we fools for doing that?" he asked.

One of the five suspects, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 39, was transferred to federal custody over an outstanding warrant. Wahhaj is the son of a Brooklyn imam who was named by prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the New York Post reported.

One man and three women were also arrested last week at the remote compound, in which 11 children were found living in squalid conditions.


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