Mike Huckabee News
Sep 06 2013
It was the sentence heard ‘round the world: last week Montana District Judge G. Todd Baugh sentenced a former high school teacher to just 30 days in jail for sexual assault for having sex with a14-year-old female student who committed suicide after the story went public. The suicide was not only a horrible tragedy, it deprived prosecutors of their lead witness and made the case harder to make. The defendant had a chance to get the charges dropped if he completed a treatment program, but he was kicked out of it for multiple violations. But for some reason, Judge Baugh sentenced him to 20 years, with all but 30 days suspended. He also made some comments about the young victim that people took as putting some of the blame for her assault on her.
Those comments, and the 30-day sentence ignited a nationwide backlash. Within days, a petition demanding the judge be removed had gathered over 45,000 signatures. Well, what a difference a week makes. This week, Judge Baugh declared that he misread the state law. The sentence should have been two years, minimum. He’s set a new sentencing hearing. And as for his comments about the victim being partly to blame? He said he was being a “blithering idiot.” I think that’s one sentence of his that nobody will argue with.