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Taos DA Gallegos won’t seek reelection in 2020

SANTA FE — Beleaguered Taos District Attorney Donald Gallegos announced he will not run for another term, but he may run for another county office.

According to a Wednesday Facebook post from the Taos District Attorney’s Office, Gallegos said he won’t run for DA when his term ends in 2020, but said he may run for county assessor.

A recent Taos News editorial called for Gallegos’ retirement, claiming Gallegos doesn’t spend enough time in the office and did a poor job of handling the Amalia compound case.

“I usually pay little heed to Taos News opinions as the opinions and concerns of the citizens are certainly more valuable to me and they have been reflected in the elections I have won,” the statement said.

“However, I will take the Editor’s (and most certainly the Publisher and Owner’s) opinion to heart… I also hope that the Taos News takes as much interest in the other agencies that make up the criminal justice system as they have in the DA’s Office.”

Gallegos faced criticism in recent months for problems with the prosecution of a group of five adult defendants arrested at remote compound near Amalia in northern Taos County.

According to the children who were removed from the compound, they were being trained to shoot up institutions which would be identified by a dead boy whose body was found at the compound when he was resurrected as Jesus.

Federal prosecutors filed charges against the adults after child abuse charges against the group were either dismissed by judges or dropped by the District Attorney’s Office. Gallegos’ team had failed to meet deadlines for holding preliminary hearings for jailed defendants.