Board says Montana judge should be disciplined
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A judicial oversight board is asking the Montana Supreme Court to discipline a state judge who said a 14-year-old rape victim was "older than her chronological age" when he sentenced her rapist to just one month in prison.
The Montana Judicial Standards Commission filed a formal complaint Monday against District Judge G. Todd Baugh (baw) in Billings. The complaint was publicly released Tuesday.
It doesn't specify what disciplinary action should be taken.
Commission attorney Malin Stearns Johnson says the 72-year-old Baugh eroded public confidence in the courts with his statements and actions in the case. Johnson says the prison sentence given to rapist and former teacher Stacey Rambold was "overly lenient."
Baugh has apologized for his handling of the case. He plans to retire at the end of the year.