judicial oversight

Board: Punish Lenient Rape Judge

A Montana judge who sentenced a rapist to one month in prison because his 14-year-old victim—who committed suicide in 2010—seemed "older than her chronological age," might get his comeuppance. A judicial oversight board filed a complaint against Judge G. Todd Baugh and requested disciplinary action. Baugh apologized for the case handling and announced he would retire at the end of 2014. Prosecutors have appealed his initial ruling with the argument that the state law requires underage rape victims to be evaluated on their actual age, and that the offender, Stacey Rambold, should receive a minimum four year sentence.