Judge Baugh Rape Sentence Back in for Discussion
The Billings Morning News has been covering and commenting on Judge Baugh’s 15 year sentence of Stacy Rambold for the rape of a 14 year old Senior High student since the story broke last month.Today the story has grown legs again!
Another group is now pushing Judge Baugh to resign because of the suspended sentence in which Stacy Rambold may only serve 31 total days for his crime. The group is called Ultraviolet, and they fight sexism and advocates for women’s rights.
In a weeks time Ultraviolet will have 83,000 signatures along with a complaint letter to present to the Judicial Standards Commission.
Ultraviolet campaign director, Karin Roland says,
Judge Baugh has shown that he doesn’t understand the meaning of rape or Montana law.”
As for the judge’s comments that 14-year old Cherice Moralez is “older than her chronological age,” and that she had some control of the situation with the teacher, the letter states:”It is unacceptable to allow our courts to perpetuate the idea that women and girls are responsible for the very crimes committed against them.”
Karin Roland went on to say,
And the judge’s comment blaming her for the rape, were even more outrageous. And so people are angry, women are fed up with a culture that and a judicial system quite frankly that tolerates rape.