Rally calling for Billings judge's resignation planned in Butte Friday

2013-08-29T17:08:00Z 2014-04-30T10:20:52Z Rally calling for Billings judge's resignation planned in Butte FridayBy John Grant Emeigh of The Montana Standard The Billings Gazette

BUTTE — A Butte commissioner plans to hold a rally Friday afternoon in a protest against a Montana judge who gave a man a light sentence for raping a teenager.

Commissioner Bill Anderson will use the rally to call for the resignation of District Judge G. Todd Baugh. Baugh has come under national scrutiny recently for his decision to sentence a former Billings teacher to 30 days in jail for raping a 14-year-old girl.

Baugh, 71, sentenced Stacey Dean Rambold, 54, to 15 years with all but 31 days suspended from the sentence. The judge also credited Rambold for one day already spent in jai.

Anderson told the Montana Standard Thursday that it is “morally reprehensible” for the judge to give such a lenient sentence to a man who carried on a sexual relationship with the 14-old-girl in 2008. The victim ended up committing suicide when she was 16, while the rape cased was still pending.

Anderson said he wanted to hold this rally to show how appalled he is by the Baugh’s decision.

“He isn’t a local judge, but this reflects badly on all of us in Montana,” Anderson said.

The rally will begin at noon on the front steps of the Butte Courthouse at 155 W. Granite St. The public is welcome to attend. Anderson said he was still trying to find people to speak at the rally Thursday afternoon.

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