Activists Want Montana Judge Booted Over Rape Case
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Activists want a Montana judge punished over his comments that a 14-year-old rape victim was "older than her chronological age," as the former teacher who raped her is set to be released this week.
District Judge G. Todd Baugh has faced widespread condemnation since sentencing 54-year-old Stacey Rambold to just 30 days in prison for raping a former student who later killed herself.
A leading scholar on judicial ethics says the judge's comments clearly violated judicial conduct rules. Monroe Freedman of Hofstra University says Baugh's remarks revealed his bias against the victim.
Rambold is due to get out of prison Thursday. Prosecutors are appealing his sentence.
Montana National Organization for Women president Marian Bradley says activists will file a formal complaint against Baugh on Tuesday with the state Judicial Standards Commission.