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Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2013 10:00 pm

District Judge G. Todd Baugh has said he’s sorry about the crass comments he made regarding a 14-year-old rape victim who later committed suicide, but that’s hardly enough.

In handing down the sentence for former Billings Senior High School teacher Stacey Rambold last month, Baugh said the teenage victim was “older than her chronological age” and had “as much control of the situation” as the teacher who raped her. He then proceeded to suspend all but 31 days of a 15-year sentence for the teacher.

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          Welcome to the discussion.

          13 comments:

          • PSATIN88 posted at 3:27 pm on Mon, Sep 30, 2013.

            PSATIN88 Posts: 2

            TOTALLY AGREE WITH RAGODAN....

             
          • ragodan posted at 1:27 pm on Mon, Sep 30, 2013.

            ragodan Posts: 33

            Even though I believe elected officials should be held to a higher set of standards, those calling for his resignation mig ht want to review his past performance prior to making this request. If all of us are allowed zero mistakes in our field, we'd all be unemployed, including all those signing the petion.

             
          • Pierre posted at 3:21 pm on Sat, Sep 21, 2013.

            Pierre Posts: 137

            WOW! That hurt my ears!

             
          • PSATIN88 posted at 1:20 am on Fri, Sep 20, 2013.

            PSATIN88 Posts: 2

            I THINK THAT THE JUSTICE SYSTEM IN FLATHEAD COURTS IS SO MESSED UP.. FIRE ALL OF THE JUDGES AND COUNTY ATTORNEYS.... A PERSON IS SUPPOSED TO BE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY, BUT NOT HERE! IT IS ALL A BARGAINING SYSTEM... A POKER GAME BETWEEN THE COUNTY ATTORNEY AND THE ATTORNEYS! WE ARE ALL PAWNS AND THEY JUST KEEP BARGAINING. GIVE AND TAKE. TRADE. A MAN SHOOTS ANOTHER MAN IN MARION AND GETS OUT ON O.R..... A WOMAN PUSHES HER HUSBAND OVER A CLIFF....OK... LET HER GO HOME, HE NEVER WILL..... ANOTHER "CRIMINAL" ALLEGED DOES SOMETHING, THROW THE BOOK AT HIM; INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY? OH, NO.... PLAY THE GAME.... SPEEDING TICKET COMES WITH AT LEAST ANOTHER TICKET, SO WHEN YOU GO TO COURT, THEY CAN WAGER WITH YOU AND DROP ONE, BUT KEEP AT LEAST ONE, MAKE REVENUE AND MAKE YOU A POSSIBLE CANDIDATE FOR "HABITUAL OFFENDER".... JUSTICE IN FLATHEAD COUNTY. B.S. WE, THE PEOPLE. NEED TO STAND UP AND STOP THIS ABUSE, OR, WE WILL BE THE NEXT ONE STANDING THERE PROTESTING OUR INNOCENCE;... BUT, IF YOU ARE A PROCESSOR THAT BEATS YOUR WIFE, DESTROYS HER HOME, AND MAKES HER FEAR YOU, DO NOT WORRY, BECAUSE THE JUGE(YOUR FRIEND AND CO-WORKER) WILL RELEASE YOU TO DO WHATEVER BECAUSE YOU NEED TO BE IN THAT COURTROOM TO PROSECUTE THOSE NASTY OFFENDERS! BAD! JUSTICE? RIGHT.

             
          • Think Again posted at 4:00 pm on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

            Think Again Posts: 28

            Our Gov should have removed this judge immediately. Everybody thinks the doer goes away for 15-20, right? I long for the days when elected officials did their duty regardless of the heat. We are being governed by misfits and cowards.

             
          • Pierre posted at 7:11 am on Tue, Sep 17, 2013.

            Pierre Posts: 137

            Holy Camoles!! That really lit your fire, "Beautiful". heh.......... I'd hate to see your stormy day!
            I don't have an inhaler yet, but I'm looking forward to adding it to my big oatmeal spoon I keep next to my recliner.
            We're on opposite sides of the reality spectrum and nothing either of us has to say to the other will make any difference, but I'll let your buddy Al Sharpton know you're looking for a replacement for Chuck.
            \
            EX-Deputy, Pierre St.Marie
            (You must have researched the archives extensively to find out I'm really a retired Deputy) LOL

             
          • It's a beautiful day posted at 4:36 pm on Mon, Sep 16, 2013.

            It's a beautiful day Posts: 1832

            Pierre posted at 2:12 pm on Mon, Sep 16, 2013.

            Gee golly Pierre, when I look back at all the posts previous to your Curry rant, I just realized I only mentioned Corrigan. Don't get me so riled up and feisty. Corrigan was my focus. You best take 3 deep breaths and use your inhaler and enjoy your old age.

             
          • It's a beautiful day posted at 4:08 pm on Mon, Sep 16, 2013.

            It's a beautiful day Posts: 1832

            Homeland Security, the FBI, the local sheriff monitor these comments and you obviously
            know this.You already know who I am. There are deputies that sit all day long on the computer and trace criminals and cyberpunks and invade our lives through hearsay anonymous phonecalls. CrimeStoppers started in the Flathead and is a violation of our constitutional bill of rights. The 10 commandments in front of the old courthouse states: Thou shalt bear no false witness against thy neighbor. Flathead County government is what is wrong with our nation. Furthermore, the majority of all porno sites are run as sting operations by lazy overweight slobs at the sheriff's office that get there jollys and end up moved to another county without sexual rehabilitation therapy.

             
          • It's a beautiful day posted at 3:29 pm on Mon, Sep 16, 2013.

            It's a beautiful day Posts: 1832

            Chuck Curry is a bought and owned by the wealthiest of a facist Republican oligarchy that has reigned too long in this right-wing wacko community. I have grown up in this town since the 50's and remember when the democrats and republicans were evenly balanced. There was harmony and no murder rate. Since it has been leaning so far to the right Chuck is in denial to the rising crime wave from the hateful neo-nextremists for too long. He always blames a few local malcontents and has to make it seem that this is a little Mayberry where everyone goes with the script and are happy and mostly peaceful. BS....We the people would like to see at least an African-American Democrat Sheriff for a change to say the least. I know of an experienced one that is part Sioux. He is not a boy that could be bought and sold and you would mess around with...The change is going to have to happen real peaceful like. Mr. former deputy Pierre St. Marie.

             
          • Pierre posted at 2:12 pm on Mon, Sep 16, 2013.

            Pierre Posts: 137

            See my name? It really is Pierre. Pierre St.Marie to be exact. You're pretty adept at dropping these moronic bombs without telling us who you really are.
            You can name the Sheriff. His name is Chuck Curry. He's a straight up, fair and just Sheriff.
            Its easy to hide behind a computer desk and issue your sage observations, isn't it.
            You want to change things? Identify yourself, stand up and present your case..... or you could also become a script writer for the rest of the Constitutional traitors in the valley.

             
          • It's a beautiful day posted at 10:40 pm on Sun, Sep 15, 2013.

            It's a beautiful day Posts: 1832

            Local Flathead County Republican prosecutor Ed Corrigan has been in the 'good ole boys' club too long as well since the Reagan Administration and nobody seems to run against his regime. We have had a Republican right-wing death squad in the Sheriffs position for the same amount of time. Catch and release for male blood sport murderers have gone on too long in this county.

             
          • Red Green posted at 1:29 pm on Sun, Sep 15, 2013.

            Red Green Posts: 207

            Either officially or unofficially, this clown needs to be paraded as a example, in front of the majority of judicial officials in Montana, that seem to think they are above reproach and make their courtrooms more about their egos than about fair and just administration of the law. I am sickened by the repeated reports of judges in this state that are frequently flappin' their lips inappropriately and handing down sentences that are so far out-of-line (both below and over the lines that the cases demand) that they are an embarassment to ALL Montanans. I am neither a lawyer nor a criminal, but I observe that courtrooms in Montana, for the most part, are in desperate need of a serious dose of reality and professionalism. To their credit, their renegade hijinks give reasonable citizens serious pause to behave and stay out of these unpredictable courts.

             
          • bcullum1952 posted at 10:14 pm on Sat, Sep 14, 2013.

            bcullum1952 Posts: 32

            This judge needs to resign for a myriad of reasons. He has been on the bench for years, but still is unaware of the legal requirements or legal procedures. He sentenced a pedophile to a month in jail when the minimum mandatory sentence was two years. He tried to revise his sentence even though the law requires an appellate court to rule in order for the sentence to be amended.
            For these, and other reasons, he has shown himself unfit for the bench, and should be removed, either by resignation or by the Judicial Review Board, but the removal should be swift.