A Forsyth judge who agreed a week ago to re-sentence Stacey Dean Rambold in a rape case that has drawn international attention has now recused himself, and the case has been reassigned to a district judge in Roundup.
Yellowstone County District Judge Mary Jane McCalla Knisely said Thursday that Judge George “Jerry” Huss of the 16th Judicial District has recused himself from the case. Knisely said she reassigned Rambold’s case to Judge Randal Spaulding of the 14th Judicial District.
Knisely said she did not know why Huss recused himself. Huss could not be reached for comment.
All the judges in Yellowstone County District Court have recused themselves from presiding over the re-sentencing of Rambold.
In an order issued in April, the Montana State Supreme Court reversed the one-month sentence Yellowstone County District Judge G. Todd Baugh gave Rambold, a former Senior High teacher who raped one of his freshman students. Baugh’s ruling and comments about the rape victim drew international attention.
The Supreme Court sent Rambold’s case back to Yellowstone County District Court for re-sentencing. Knisely was randomly selected to preside over the case, but recused herself with the other judges.