AP Exclusive: Judge says he broke ethics code
FILE - This undated file photo shows District Judge G. Todd Baugh presiding at a hearing in Great Falls, Mont. The Montana judge under fire for commenting that a 14-year-old student rape victim appeared "older than her chronological age," said Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, that he deserves to be censured but not removed from the bench for the remarks. Baugh told The Associated Press the comments violated judicial ethics rules by failing to promote public confidence in the courts. But he repeated prior assertions that his comments did not factor into the 30-day sentence handed down in the case. And he said he has no immediate plans to resign in the face of formal complaints filed by rape victim advocates. (AP Photo/Billings Gazette, Larry Mayer, File)
Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 12:00 am
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana judge says he doesn't deserve to lose his job for commenting that a 14-year-old rape victim appeared "older than her chronological age" when he sentenced her teacher-rapist to just a month in prison.
But District Judge G. Todd Baugh acknowledged his remarks, coupled with the public furor over the lenient sentence, violated judicial ethics rules. He said he deserves to be censured for failing to promote confidence in the courts and for not avoiding the appearance of impropriety.
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013 12:00 am.