Disgraced Montana Judge Who Disparaged Rape Victim Blames Media


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A Montana judge who caught worldwide flak for his controversial comments during the rape trial of a teacher, saying that the 14-year-old girl appeared "older than her chronological age," can't seem to shut up.

When Judge G. Todd Baugh sentenced the former teacher to 15 years, he suspended all but 31 days and gave him credit for one day already served.

At the time of the sentencing, the judge said that the young rape victim was "as much in control of the situation" as her rapist, adding that she "not only had equal control of the rape, but was also a troubled youth older than her chronological age."

The victim killed herself in 2010 before the case went to trial.

The Montana Judicial Standards Commission ordered a 31-day suspension of Baugh, on top of a public censure. But Baugh says the court relied on "incomplete media reports."

“I do not fault the media for they, as do most businesses, present what their customers think they want. In today’s world of the Internet, what the customer thinks he wants is 24/7, sensational sound bites, and that is what is provided,” wrote Baugh, according to the Missoulian. “So be it. However, for courts to rely on such is disconcerting, to say the least.”


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