The apology by a Montana judge for his appallingly ignorant comments that blamed the young victim of the man being sentenced for her rape is meaningless. It is also as insulting as his original remarks. That's because worse than the comments were the scant 30 days in jail for the rapist, an absurd sentence that the judge has continued to defend as appropriate.
"It wasn't this forcible, beat-up rape," said Montana District Judge G. Todd Baugh as he stood by his sentence of a former high school teacher, convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl who later committed suicide. So ill-suited is this judge to serve on the bench that, if he refuses the mounting calls for his resignation, Montana authorities should take the necessary action to remove him. They also should seek to appeal the sentence.
An immediate uproar followed Monday's sentencing of Stacey Dean Rambold in Yellowstone County District Court. He had pleaded guilty to a felony count of sexual intercourse without consent. Judge Baugh said that, after reviewing statements made by the girl before her death, he concluded she was a troubled youth.