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Judge Baugh Responds to MT Supreme Court Opinion

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The judge, who sentenced former Billings teacher Stacey Rambold to 30 days for raping a 14-year-old student, files his official response to the Montana Supreme Court’s opinion ordering his public censure and suspension.

Judge Baugh says he still consents to judicial discipline, but he doesn't think the 31-day suspension is warranted. He says he hasn't found any other cases where the Supreme Court has gone beyond the recommendations of the Judicial Standards Commission. The commission recommended Baugh get publicly censured.

Last August during sentencing, Baugh made comments about the 14-year-old victim acting older than her chronological age, sparking outrage across the nation.

In his response, Baugh writes he had no intention to stereotype women or girls with his comments, but was trying to describe the circumstances of the case. He also takes full responsibility for giving Rambold an illegal sentence. Baugh suggests the court should not rely on incomplete media reports in making its decision.

Baugh is scheduled for a public censure July 22nd in Helena. The MT Supreme Court has also ordered Baugh to be suspended from the bench without pay for 31 days, starting December 1st.

 

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