Our View: Censure isn't enough for Judge Baugh
December 16, 2013
It’s hard to argue with the National Organization for Women-Montana that Judge G. Todd Baugh’s rather lukewarm apology for his comments about a dead Billings teenage rape victim was lacking.
It seems like Baugh’s apology — very late in the game — was an attempt to save his skin, not to atone for his unbelievably poor judgment.
Baugh received national attention after he said in court that the 14-year-old, who was raped by her teacher and committed suicide later, was “older than her chronological age.”
He seemed to be blaming the victim for being raped.
He then sentenced the teacher to 30 days in jail, an unconscionably light sentenced for raping a student.
NOW-Montana, along with its sister organization in Pennsylvania, wants the state’s Judicial Standards Commission to remove Baugh from office because of his bias against women and Hispanics. The young lady was Hispanic.
While the case has been public and the allegations against the victim have received widespread attention, the Judicial Standards Commission will talk about the case in secret. So secret that we don’t even know when the commission will meet to talk about the case.
We hope that the commission meets soon and takes severe sanctions against the judge for conduct that most Montanans feel is reprehensible.