Montana judge tells fast-food worker to get a 'real job'

Comments (2)
zilwiki wrote:

Sounds like the judge should get a different job, and pay restitution to family of girl who killed herself. Get him off the bench!

Jun 24, 2014 7:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
REnninga wrote:

This almost 73-year-old former Texan plans to retire at the end of his current term in December. He was censured by the Montana Supreme Court earlier this month:
“ Judge Baugh’s comments in open court in this case disregarded longstanding Montana law that a person under the age of 16 is legally incapable of consenting to sexual intercourse. His assertion that the victim was “older than her chronological age” is inconsistent with Montana law categorizing child victims of sexual offenses based on their chronological age alone, rather than on subjective perceptions of physical maturity and situational control. In addition, Judge Baugh’s later attempt to retract his sentence and rationale was inconsistent with Montana law. Finally, Judge Baugh made additional inappropriate public statements attempting to justify his actions. Through his unlawful sentence, inappropriate rationale, and subsequent public comments, Judge Baugh has eroded public confidence in the judiciary and created an appearance of impropriety, therefore violating the Montana Code of Judicial Conduct. He has caused Montana citizens, as well as others, to question the fairness of our justice system and whether prejudice or bias affected the outcome of the Rambold case. There is no place in the Montana judiciary for perpetuating the stereotype that women and girls are responsible for sexual crimes committed against them.”
— Chief Justice Mike McGrath, Montana Supreme Court

It appears that the State of Montana would be best served if Judge Baugh retired tomorrow.

Jun 24, 2014 8:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.