Reuters: A Montana judge who sentenced an ex-teacher to a month in prison for raping a teenage student who later killed herself said on Tuesday his penalty may have been more lenient than allowed by law.
District Judge G. Todd Baugh also called for a new hearing in the case. Baugh came under widespread criticism last week for sentencing a former Billings high school teacher to 15 years in prison, then suspending all but 31 days of the term for the 2007 rape of a 14-year-old girl in his home.
Baugh described the girl as a troubled youth who seemed older than her age and was “probably as much in control of the situation” as the teacher. He later apologized for those remarks.
Montana judge not immune to on-point criticism from the public, story at 11.
» Guess we won’t be able to trust his memoir: Dolin’s done an excellent job of undermining his entire book, especially the “nonfiction” part. If this guy can’t be kind to himself, what does that say about the rest of us? Next you’re gonna tell us that Forest Boy isn’t real … Oh God No.
The only reason I can explain it to you is I am not a fan of our president, but this goes beyond not being a fan. I didn’t send it as racist, although that’s what it is. I sent it out because it’s anti-Obama.Montana-based Federal Judge Richard Cebull • Discussing why he forwarded an e-mail featuring a joke that involved bestiality and Obama’s mom — a joke that was widely seen as racist. “Normally I don’t send or forward a lot of these, but even by my standards, it was a bit touching,” the George W. Bush appointee wrote on the e-mail. “I want all of my friends to feel what I felt when I read this. Hope it touches your heart like it did mine.” The e-mail leaked to the press when it kept getting forwarded along and eventually reached the inbox of a Great Falls Tribune reporter. ”This is a private thing that was, to say the least, very poor judgment on my part,” the judge said after the e-mail reached said reporter. Ya think?