District Judge G. Todd Baugh, of Billings, appeared before the court in Helena, where Chief Justice Mike McGrath read the prepared censure statement. A censure is a rarely used public declaration by the high court that a judge is guilty of misconduct.
Former Montana high school teacher Stacey Rambold, convicted of raping a 14-year-old student, left prison Thursday. The state's attorney general has appealed the sentence and protestors are calling for the judge responsible to step down.
Montana's Supreme Court ruled Friday Judge G. Todd Baugh cannot change the controversial 30-day sentence he gave Stacey Rambold, a former teacher who raped his 14-year-old student. In a separate process, prosecutors are appealing the case.
The Montana judge urged to resign after imposing a 30-day prison sentence for the rape of a 14-year-old planned a re-sentencing hearing for Friday afternoon, but it was blocked by the state supreme court.