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September 26, 2013
16:16 // 11 months ago
September 7, 2013
12:08 // 11 months ago
September 3, 2013

Montana judge says 30-day rape sentence may be too lenient; calls new hearing

breakingnews:

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.

20:09 // 12 months ago
August 29, 2013

Stunning sentence in rape case leaves student’s mother, community in shock

  • 2010 A 16-year-old student from Billings, Montana killed herself, just days before her 17th birthday, while police were investigating a man accused of having sex with the young girl when she was only 14. Stacy Dean Rambold initially avoided charges, by agreeing to attend a sex-offender treatment program and avoid unsupervised contact with minors, but was arrested after being discharged for having unsupervised contact with underage family members.
  • 2013 Montana District Judge G. Todd Baugh sentenced the young girl’s rapist to 15 years in prison, only to suspend all but 31 days of the sentence and give the newly convicted sex offender a one day credit for time served. When justifying his decision, he claimed that he believed the now deceased victim was “just as much in control” of the situation, later adding that “It was horrible enough as it is just given her age, but it wasn’t this forcible beat-up rape.” source
16:15 // 1 year ago
February 12, 2013

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inothernews:

Someone hacked into the broadcast signal of Montana television station KRTV and warned viewers that zombies were coming.  Of course, this was Montana, so people knew the zombies would take a while to get there.

“dead bodies are rising from their graves and attacking the living”

We’re dying over here. Soon, we’ll rise from the dead, though, so it all works out in the end.

RELATED: Remember the Max Headroom Incident?

13:24 // 1 year ago
October 30, 2012
election:

Does your brain feel like it’s melting? Blame the campaign ads.
It’s the final week before the election, and rich people are shoving money into Senate campaigns left and right, The Washington Post reports. If you’re in one of the battleground states, we feel for you. All these annoying ads are probably testing your patience when all you want to do is watch “King of the Hill” reruns while eating Hot Pockets and otherwise being vegetative. And if you live in Montana, we doubly feel for you:

Perhaps no state has been so consumed by outside spending as Montana, where advertising is very cheap compared to large states with urban populations such as Ohio and Florida. There, according to the GOP tracking document, [Jon] Tester ($311,000) and [Denny] Rehberg ($515,000) will blanket the state’s seven small media markets with their closing ads in their competitive race.

Are you at the point where you just don’t care anymore? Think you’ll queue up Netflix and watch a “King of the Hill” marathon on election day rather than, y’know, voting? Just a thought of encouragement here: Don’t listen to the majority. Don’t feel like you’re at a crossroads. Read up on the issues, get a grip on foreign, domestic and economic policy issues, and vote for yourself. And don’t merely base your opinion on the fact that Denny Rehberg wears flannel in his official Congressional photo and looks like a distant relative of Ron Swanson. You can do better than that.
— Ernie @ ShortFormBlog

Why campaign ads are getting increasingly annoying.

election:

Does your brain feel like it’s melting? Blame the campaign ads.

It’s the final week before the election, and rich people are shoving money into Senate campaigns left and right, The Washington Post reports. If you’re in one of the battleground states, we feel for you. All these annoying ads are probably testing your patience when all you want to do is watch “King of the Hill” reruns while eating Hot Pockets and otherwise being vegetative. And if you live in Montana, we doubly feel for you:

Perhaps no state has been so consumed by outside spending as Montana, where advertising is very cheap compared to large states with urban populations such as Ohio and Florida. There, according to the GOP tracking document, [Jon] Tester ($311,000) and [Denny] Rehberg ($515,000) will blanket the state’s seven small media markets with their closing ads in their competitive race.

Are you at the point where you just don’t care anymore? Think you’ll queue up Netflix and watch a “King of the Hill” marathon on election day rather than, y’know, voting? Just a thought of encouragement here: Don’t listen to the majority. Don’t feel like you’re at a crossroads. Read up on the issues, get a grip on foreigndomestic and economic policy issues, and vote for yourself. And don’t merely base your opinion on the fact that Denny Rehberg wears flannel in his official Congressional photo and looks like a distant relative of Ron Swanson. You can do better than that.

— Ernie @ ShortFormBlog

Why campaign ads are getting increasingly annoying.

(via gov)

18:55 // 1 year ago
October 10, 2012
13:19 // 1 year ago
June 25, 2012
The Supreme Court has overruled the Montana Supreme Court decision limiting the Citizens United ruling to the federal level. This decision makes that controversial decision also apply to the state level as well. Read it here.

The Supreme Court has overruled the Montana Supreme Court decision limiting the Citizens United ruling to the federal level. This decision makes that controversial decision also apply to the state level as well. Read it here.

10:14 // 2 years ago
June 15, 2012

Be kind rewind: Kindness book author says he lied about drive-by shooting

  • claim Hitchhiker Ray Dolin alleged his arm was wounded in Glasgow, Montana, by a man in a pickup truck in a drive-by shooting.
  • retraction Dolin, who is writing a memoir called Kindness In America, has since admitted to authorities that he actually shot himself. source

 » 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.

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15:29 // 2 years ago
March 1, 2012
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?
10:30 // 2 years ago