Indians don't get a fair shake in federal courts
On Jan. 24 the Albuquerque Journal published an article titled, “Are feds too tough? Or is New Mexico too soft?” I am very familiar with history of the Major Crimes Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 1885, the basis for prosecution of “major crimes.”
As a former federal prosecutor, I am keenly aware of the sentencing issues in federal court. As a former state district judge in Bernalillo County (I am a Republican who lost my position in the 2012 general election), I also sentenced many American Indians in state District Court.