Judge Under Fire for Lenient Rape Sentence Orders New Hearing

He conceded 30 days for admitted rapist could violate state law

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Billings Gazette, Paul Ruhter, File / AP

Stacey Rambold standing in a courtroom after sentencing by Judge G. Todd Baugh in Billings, Mont.

A Montana judge who has been fiercely criticized for giving an admitted rapist only 30 days in prison acknowledged Tuesday the sentence may have been illegal and ordered the defendant back to court for a new hearing.

District Judge G. Todd Baugh said state law appears to require a mandatory minimum sentence of two years for Stacey Rambold, 54, who was convicted of raping a 14-year-old student who later committed suicide, the Associated Press reports. Baugh has been the target of protests and petitions seeking his resignation since issuing the short sentence, in which he said the girl was in “as much in control of the situation” as her teacher and “older than her chronological age.”

But the judge’s attempted course correction — he wants Rambold back in court Friday — has done little to win over Baugh’s critics.

“I wish the judge had been thoughtful enough to get it right the first time,” said Eran Thompson, a member of Not in Our Town, a Billings, Mt., group that works against hate crimes. “The judge cannot take back the words he said when he blamed the victim. As far as we’re concerned, Judge Baugh has lost the trust of this community.”



Too little too late. The 'judge" is obviously on the same level as the fine upstanding chomo he attempted to slap on the wrist. Now both are marked for life and deserve everything heading their way. They are both famous now and that tends to bring out the nut cases. I call it KARMA ! 



Happens only in .......?


Maybe he can change the sentence, but he clearly needs to be removed at the first opportunity.  His judgment is seriously flawed.  Even if a 14 year old comes on to an older man, he is the adult and bears all the responsibility, especially since he was her teacher.  The girl committed suicide.  How far does a child or woman have to go to prove she was an unwilling participant?


Isn't it amazing how several petitions demanding Judge Baugh be removed from the bench is *just* enough to cause him to have a change of heart?  

In the meantime, it might be good to ask why he thinks 14-year-old girls are sexual temptresses who are able to lead innocent post-middle-aged men astray.  Perhaps he has a few barely pubescent skeletons in his closet?  

Something is seriously wrong with this man.  He still needs to be removed from the bench.  


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