Two more Billings lawyers seeking to be appointed for an open judge seat in Yellowstone County have filed for election to a seat held by retiring District Judge G. Todd Baugh.

Baugh, whose controversial remarks about a juvenile rape victim being older than her chronogical years triggered national criticism, is retiring after 30 years on the bench.

Michael Moses filed on Friday, while William J. Speare filed on Monday for Baugh’s seat. They join candidates Corbit Harrington, Bill O’Connor and Rod Souza.

Moses, Speare, O’Connor and Souza all applied to be considered for appointment by Gov. Steve Bullock to the open seat formerly held by U.S. District Judge Susan Watters. Bullock has until April 27 to make the appointment.

No one had filed to run against incumbent District Judge Gregory Todd as of Monday afternoon.

The filing deadline is 5 p.m. Monday.

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Federal Court, Yellowtone County Reporter

Federal court and county reporter for The Billings Gazette.