Posted: Sep 24, 2013 4:30 PM by MTN News - Helena
Updated: Sep 24, 2013 5:34 PM
HELENA - The crowd was small, but the message was strong. Petitioners want Montana District Court Judge Todd Baugh removed from the bench immediately.
The National Organization of Women filed a complaint against the Billings judge for his comments and leniency on a rape case.
The 14-year-old victim of the rape later committed suicide.
144,000 signatures were hand delivered in boxes along with the complaint to the state's Judicial Standards Commission in Helena.
Supporters carried signs backing their beliefs. Former teacher Stacey Rambold was given a 15-year sentence with all but 31 days suspended by Baugh for the rape of student Cherice Moralez.
Marian Bradley, President of the MT National Organization of Women said, "The loss of her life is tragic, the sentence is awful. I'm more upset about how he went into victim-blaming and blamed this young girl and said her rape was not like we see in the movies. Excuse me! What we see in the movies is Hollywood, this is real life."
Petitioner Jennifer Straw said, "For him to go into court and not know what the rules are for sentencing a convicted rapist, is incompetent."
The Montana NOW organization plans to file another brief in support of the Attorney General's office, appealing Rambold's sentence which, they claim was illegal.
They are asking for a new sentence.
Rambold will be done serving his 31-day sentence Thursday. He will be on probation until 2028.