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Written by Mark Nichols   

The criminal justice system is in dire need of reform. And while Attorney General Eric Holder has been talking recently about reducing the obscene numbers of non-violent “drug offenders” behind bars in the U.S., there are even more pressing issues. The United States has an international reputation for locking up a higher percentage of its population than any country on Earth and we’re known for our passionate “tough on crime” approach to criminal justice. So can someone please explain why a teacher that raped a student, who later killed herself, only got a 30-day sentence?

According to CNN, hundreds of protesters are expected to converge at the Billings, Montana, county courthouse to vent their rage over a lenient sentence for a man who admitted raping a 14-year-old girl.

The protest, organized in part by the National Organization for Women, will call for Yellowstone County District Judge G. Todd Baugh to step down.

Baugh’s a real piece of work.

During the trial he said the victim “seemed older than her chronological age" and was "as much in control of the situation" as the teacher.

That absurd claim will hopefully be enough to get this guy off the bench.

The mother of the victim is outraged that a high school teacher who admitted raping her daughter received barely a slap on the wrist.

Auliea Hanlon, told CNN, "I was horrified. Horrified. e broke the law, he confessed, and he got to walk away."

Baugh has since apologized after becoming famous.

"I made some references to the victim's age and control," he told CNN affiliate KTVQ. "I'm not sure just what I was attempting to say at that point, but it didn't come out correct. What I said was

demeaning to all women, not what I believe in and irrelevant to the sentencing."

For the record it’s “…but it didn’t come out correctly.” But a guy that gives a convicted rapist 30-days probably isn’t a stickler for grammar.

The case began in 2008 when the teen was a student l and Stacey Dean Rambold was a teacher. She was 14 at the time and he was 49.

As the case wound its way through the legal system, the girl committed suicide.

She was a few weeks shy of her 17th birthday.

Incredulous at what had happened in court, Hanlon spoke for many.

"You people suck,” the grieving mother shouted at the court.

Hanlon said later in statement released by her attorney:

"Judge Baugh, who never met our daughter, justified the paltry sentence saying she was older than her chronological age. I guess somehow it makes a rape more acceptable if you blame the victim, even if she was only 14."

Baugh, while apologizing for blaming the victim in court never the less has defended his ruling..

The Montana Organization of Women started a petition calling on the judge to resign.

"It's outlandish in a way that I cannot describe," HLN's Drew Pinsky told CNN. "It' is the most outlandish thing that I've ever heard of."

Some might say it's more than "outlandish." Some might say it's all the evidence anyone would need to make sure this guy never hears another case.


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