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Rambold's Attorneys Say Sentence Is Appropriate

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Attorneys for the former teacher who raped a 14-year-old student say 30 days in prison were enough.

Prosecutors appealed the sentence of Stacey Rambold with the Montana Supreme Court saying the sentence was illegal, and he should have served a minimum of four years after pleading guilty. They want to send Rambold back to prison.

Rambold's attorneys filed papers on Friday with the state Supreme Court arguing the original sentence was appropriate. They contend the state missed its opportunity to appeal by not bringing the issue up at Rambold's sentencing in August of last year.

The lawyers also state a "lynch mob" mentality following the huge public outcry. Also, they suggested the girl bore some responsibility for the rape, and referenced videotaped interviews with the victim.  Those interviews remained sealed.

Judge G. Todd Baugh has said he incorrectly sentence Rambold and Montana's Judicial Standards Commission is looking into Judge Baugh.

The judge said as Rambold's sentence that the 14-year-old rape victim was "older than her chronological age." Judge Baugh did apologize for his remarks.

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