Protesters are in the right to call for a judges resignation?

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Protesters are in the right to call for a judges resignation?

[h=5]Do you think the protesters are in the right to call for a Mont. judge's resignation?[/h]

[h=1]Protesters to call for Mont. judge's resignation[/h] [h=2]YELLOWSTONE COUNTY[/h] Associated Press


BILLINGS, Mont. - Protesters are calling for the resignation of a Montana judge who said a 14-year-old rape victim was "older than her chronological age" and had "as much control of the situation" as her rapist.

District Judge G. Todd Baugh made the comments Monday in handing former Billings Senior High School teacher Stacey Rambold a 15-year sentence, then suspending all but 30 days.

Baugh did not return calls to The Associated Press Wednesday. He earlier told the Billings Gazette that what he said was "stupid and wrong." The teen in the case committed suicide when she was 16.

Community organizer Sheena Rice says a Thursday protest outside the courthouse will go on, despite the apology. She says Baugh should have known better as a judge than to blame the victim.

She says a petition will be circulated calling for Baugh's resignation.

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I have a lot of friends still living in Montana so this has been all over my FB today. What is beyond ridiculous is that this man was not given any prison time to begin with! He was only given this sentence because he didn't follow the treatment program they set up for him not to go to jail the first time. This judges comments are just the nail in the coffin. I feel horrible for this girls parents, and it is crazy for the judge to say that this had nothing to do with the girls suicide. How can he even say that !?!

ETA: Here is a link that gives more of the story.
http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/judge-s-remarks-about-teenage-rape-victim-spark-outrage/article_07466a01-c9c1-5538-a9e0-41f296074b27.html#ixzz2dGiRWeNg

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I know. I am utterly horrified.

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He should resign. His sentencing was horrifying. "older than her chronological age" WTF is that?!?.

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Totally wrong.. locally a classmate of mine admitted to raping a 13 yo girl.. he was sentenced to a min of 5 years. It is just wrong that people that commit statutory rape could get out period!

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This boggles my mind. Really? Yeah, he should resign.

The defendant got a 15 year suspended sentence. Does that mean he can end up in prison for the 15 years if he does something evil again? If he were to go rape another girl could a different judge take on that suspended 15 years?

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He is on probation, so if he violates the terms of his probation he could end up in prison. We can only hope he does something wrong. These comments don't help the judge either, it is like he is digging the hole deeper. I mean really, just because he didn't beat her up that makes it better somehow?

On Tuesday, Baugh stood by his comments that Moralez was a troubled youth who was older than her age when it came to sexual matters. That didn’t make Rambold’s sex with Moralez any less of a crime, he said.

“Obviously, a 14-year-old can’t consent. I think that people have in mind that this was some violent, forcible, horrible rape,” Baugh said. “It was horrible enough as it is just given her age, but it wasn’t this forcible beat-up rape.”

Read more: Judge's remarks about teenage rape victim spark outrage

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Hmmm.... seems there is a minimum sentence after all. Something important for a judge to know maybe? He may be backtracking now but he still needs to go!

A 30-day rape sentence given to a teacher who admitted to raping his 14-year-old student may be illegal, according to the Montana judge who imposed it.

The judge scheduled a new hearing for Friday.

"The Defendant shall be present at argument as the Court, if necessary and appropriate, will amend the mandatory minimum portion of the sentence," read a court order filed Tuesday.

The case drew widespread attention when District Judge G. Todd Baugh gave Stacey Dean Rambold the 30-day sentence, and made controversial comments about the victim, saying she "seemed older than her chronological age."

It now appears the mandatory minimum "seems to be 2 years, not 30 days," the order said.

"In this Court's opinion, imposing a sentence which suspends more than the mandatory minimum would be an illegal sentence," it continued.

30-day rape sentence may be illegal, says Montana judge - CNN.com

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This whole story is completely horrific.