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Should A Montana Judge Resign For Criticizing Rape Victim?

Submitted by on August 30, 2013 – 10:13 amNo Comment

A Montana judge has apologized for inappropriate remarks he made about a deceased 14-year-old rape victim during the sentencing of her rapist. But Judge G. Todd Baugh has not signaled he will step down.

In court, Baugh, who never met victim Cherice Moralez, said the teen was “older than her chronological age” and was “as much in control of the situation” as the high school teacher with whom she had a sexual relationship.

The rapes occurred in 2008, and Morzalez committed suicide in 2010 as the case was being processed.

The 29-year veteran judge said in a letter to a local newspaper that his comments were “demeaning of all women, not what [he] believes, and irrelevant to the sentencing.”

Baugh was also under fire for effectively sentencing the man, Stacey Rambold, to just 30 days in prison. Rambold was technically sentenced to 15 years; however, all but 31 days were suspended, and he was credited one day for time already served.

Rambold had originally made a plea deal to undergo treatment. But he was removed from the program after it was discovered that he was having unreported visits with minors, and had not reported a sexual relationship with an (adult) woman.

Baugh, 71, faces re-election next year. He has not announced whether he will run.

What do you think? Should Judge Baugh resign immediately?

[via Kansas City Star]

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