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Edit: Crass Judge Should Resign

District Judge G. Todd Baugh has said he’s sorry about the crass comments he made regarding a 14-year-old rape victim who later committed suicide, but that’s hardly enough. In handing down the sentence for former Billings Senior High School teacher Stacey Rambold last month, Baugh said the teenage victim was “older than her chronological age” and had “as much control of the situation” as the teacher who raped her. He then proceeded to suspend all but 31 days of a 15-year sentence for the teacher. The outrage against Judge Baugh was immediate, and he was profuse in his apologies. In an Associated Press story, Baugh said he was “fumbling around” in court trying to explain his sentence and “made some really stupid remarks”/Daily Inter Lake (Kalispell, Mont) Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Should District Judge G. Todd Baugh resign?

Re-Sentencing Of Rapist Blocked

Montana’s Supreme Court on Friday blocked a judge from re-sentencing a former teacher who got just 30 days in prison for raping a 14-year-old student, a sentence that was widely criticized after the judge said the victim was “older than her chronological age.” Justices said Judge G. Todd Baugh (shown in AP photo) lacks authority to reconsider the sentence he gave former Billings teacher Stacey Rambold, 54. An appeal of the case already was pending, but Baugh had been seeking to possibly undo the sentence that was panned after his remarks. Baugh also commented that victim Cherice Moralez was “as much in control of the situation as was the defendant.” The girl committed suicide in 2010 while Rambold’s trial was pending/Matthew Brown, AP. More here.

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Judge Apologizes For Rape Comment

A Montana judge on Wednesday stood by his decision to send a former teacher to prison for 30 days for raping a 14-year-old girl who later killed herself, but said he “deserved to be chastised” for his comments about the young victim. District Judge G. Todd Baugh sentenced former Billings Senior High School teacher Stacey Rambold to 15 years, then suspended all but 31 days and gave him credit for one day already served. In handing down the sentence Monday, Baugh said the teenage victim was “older than her chronological age” and had as much control of the situation as the teacher who raped her/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Time to send this judge packing?

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