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Old 09-02-2013, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Bozeman, Montana
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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as to the original question- No. It does not embarrass Montana, or me. It is embarrassing to the judicial system, and quite possibly to those that voted him in office (if he wasn't appointed).

It enrages me, not embarrasses me. The guy should resign and spend some time with victims and their families and maybe then he will realize the grave injustice he meted at his bench.
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:47 PM
 
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And if the teacher was female and she was having sex with a 14 year-old boy? I wonder how things would have been different, both in court and handled by the media.

Debra Lafave: Crossing the line - Dateline NBC | NBC News

Debra Lafave, Ex-Teacher in Sex Case, Ordered Back on Probation - ABC News
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Old 09-07-2013, 02:52 AM
 
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let's just hope, his days of being a judge will soon be ending. Is he up for re-election in 2014? I heard his defense and it was as bad as the crime I think...
Here's the deal: J Baugh has no intent of running for reelection in 2014. His last reelection for the six year term was in 2008. It was the general opinion that he wouldn't run for reelection then. But the governor race was the same year; Democrat Brian Schweitzer was running for reelection vs some Republican. Planning on the Republican to win, the judge probably intended to resign shortly thereafter so the Republican (read conservative) new governor could appoint his replacement. But Schweitzer won election, so the Democriat continued in office. In Montana, when a district judge retires/resigns, the governor appoints the replacement. Since Schweitzer was completely nacceptable to Republcans, there was no way the judge would retire during Schweitzer's term. The next gubernatorial election was to be in 2012, so the plan was to simply wait out the election and let a newly elected Republican governor have the opportunity to appoint the replacement when the judge retired. Judicial elections are largely unopposed; the incumbent almost always runs unopposed or is a shoe in, so thepointee would probably safely retain the job. But things went awry...in 2012 a Democrat won the gubernatorial election (Schweitzer was term limited.). 2014 is the next election to fill the judge's seat. He will be 72-73, and his running for reelection has always been doubtful. So, voting against him is probably not a realistic option.
He is considered to be fair, and a good judge according to lawyer friends. This recent snafu is a human failing. Unfortunate result, but there is the appeal process which seems to be underway.
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