September 6th, 2013
05:01 PM ET

Mont. judge cedes error over rapist sentencing

Saying outrage over his sentencing of a rapist to 30 days in jail could have been avoided "If I'd been more alert or if the state had pointed out" his error, a Montana judge confirmed that a higher court barred him from revisiting the sentence on Friday.

The state Supreme Court ruled earlier that Judge G. Todd Baugh couldn't hold a hearing he had scheduled to reconsider the sentence.

Baugh had planned to reconsider the punishment after outrage over his initial sentence of a teacher who admitted raping a 14-year-old student.

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  1. banasy©

    So what now? The rapist gets to fly away free? Wasn't this for a parole violation? What is his original sentence? Messed up!

    September 6, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Tragic and ironic.Apparently the poor victim's family now has no legal recourse.

    September 6, 2013 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Perhaps civil court?

      September 6, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    A restraining order would be a good start.

    September 6, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    No hes not getting off. His sentence will be amended by the appeals court which is expected to review it. The mandatory minimum is 2 years so he will at least have to serve that. But it HAS to be reviewed by the appeals court and not the original judge because HIS sentence was against the law.

    September 6, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Good. The rapist deserves much more than that, and the judge needs to be censored, if not thrown off the bench. They're both sick.

      September 6, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Lol @ banasy, yep. And that just might happen. Wth was he thinkin in blamin the state? Sheesh. Hes SUPPOSED to know what hes doing!

    September 6, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      That was exactly my thought too, chrissy. He should have all of the sentencing guidelines easily available. Why he doesn't use them is his own fault.

      September 6, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      That was my thought too, chrissy. He has the sentencing guidlines; he failed miserably. He needs to go.

      September 6, 2013 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      He has the state codes. He is a lazy coward.

      September 6, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rascal Rabble

    alrighty-dighty! it is good to see the power of the people flexing its muscle...this judge needs to go!

    September 6, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Alas, if only it were true.

    September 6, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Put Loraina Bobbit up to running for Judge....problem solved.

    September 7, 2013 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Ouch. For rapists, anyway.

      September 7, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

      The other possibility is mount a garbage disposal in the wall.

      September 7, 2013 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

      Show 'em a centerfold then shove him in the wall and say "screw this".

      September 7, 2013 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Double ouch, if you know what I mean.

      September 8, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Astoria Oregon

    Not the camping paradise.

    September 7, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th District, will give the judge a life sentence to serve ss an example of administrative punishment. Ya think?

    September 8, 2013 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    Would be nice wouldn't it @ Jeff Frank? Then the mother of that girl just might feel that she got some justice anyway.

    September 8, 2013 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |