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Court to censure Montana judge over rape comments

Published On: Jun 04 2014 04:19:21 PM MDT
JUDGE BAUGH
BILLINGS, Mont. -

The Montana Supreme Court will censure a state judge and suspend him without pay for 31 days for saying a 14-year-old rape victim was "older than her chronological age."
    
Justices said in Wednesday's opinion that Judge G. Todd Baugh of Billings eroded confidence in the court system with his actions in the case of convicted rapist and former teacher Stacey Dean Rambold.
    
Baugh was ordered to appear before the court July 1 for a public censure.
    
The judge sent Rambold to prison for just 30 days last year after he pleaded guilty to sexual intercourse without consent. Prosecutors appealed, and the Supreme Court in April ordered a new sentencing in the case by a different judge.
    
Baugh plans to retire when his term expires in December.