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  •  The judge has a huge blind spot (14+ / 0-)

    It's really, really disturbing to me, as I'm sure it is to others.

    Judge Baugh has a reputation as a "tough" judge and a harsh sentencer. How do I happen to know this? My partner's family lives near Billings. A couple of years ago, his older sister's boyfriend was killed by a drunk driver in a hit-and-run accident. The perpetrator was caught shortly after the accident took place and was prosecuted. Baugh was the judge in the trial and handed down a (well-deserved) stiff sentence.

    Trapper and his dad were talking the other evening and Dad mentioned the judge's reputation. This sort of thing makes Baugh's decision in the Rambold case even more odious than it already is...somehow he can throw the book at other criminals, but can give a pass to a child-rapist. It seems pretty apparent to me that he has no comprehension of what took place here. Trapper's dad mentioned that there are already 20,000 signatures on the recall petition. Yellowstone County has a total population of about 150,000; getting that sort of response on a recall petition is incredible (almost as incredible as getting Trapper's dad to discuss controversial topics; he really tends to avoid that sort of thing).

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