Montana judge raises eyebrows anew with sentence
By The Los Angeles Times
Published: Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, 2:27 p.m.
The Montana judge who sparked ire by sentencing a former teacher to 30 days in jail for the rape of a 14-year-old girl has ordered a man convicted of punching his girlfriend to write 5,000 times: “Boys do not hit girls.”
District Judge G. Todd Baugh, whose actions in the rape case sparked a national furor and a petition drive to have state officials take disciplinary action, sentenced Pace Anthony Ferguson on Monday to the writing exercise, in addition to six months in jail, for fracturing the woman's face in three places during an August 2012 argument.
Ferguson, 27, was ordered to pay $3,800 in medical bills that resulted from the injuries.
Baugh told Ferguson to number the list, 1 through 5,000, sign it and mail it to him by May 23, according to the Billings Gazette. The six months in county jail is the maximum allowed sentence for the misdemeanor assault.
Ferguson made two appearances in court on Monday.
After being sentenced by Baugh, Ferguson appeared before District Judge Gregory R. Todd for a disposition hearing. The judge ruled that Ferguson had violated the terms of his release from prison after a 2003 robbery conviction and ordered the man to spend eight years in state prison.
Last August, Baugh sentenced Stacey Rambold, a former teacher, to 30 days for raping Cherice Moralez, who later committed suicide. Baugh said Moralez was “as much in control of the situation” as her teacher, and referred to her as a troubled youth “older than her chronological age.”
Moralez was 16 when she killed herself in 2010 after the case was sent to criminal court. After the sentencing led to a national outcry in September, Baugh apologized for his remarks, but not the sentence.
“I don't know what I was thinking or trying to say,” he told the Gazette. “It was just stupid and wrong.”
In a letter to the editor of the paper, he said he was “not sure just what I was attempting to say, but it did not come out correct.”
“What I said is demeaning of all women, not what I believe and irrelevant to the sentencing,” Baugh wrote. “My apologies to all my fellow citizens.”
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Hearing to determine fate of sergeant accused of killing 2 deaf Iraqi boys
- Precautions lack year since fatal blast at plant
- IRS awards millions in bonuses to its people who don’t pay taxes
- Foundation gives $13M to promote Obamacare
- 69% back birth control mandate
- Gun background checks miss fugitives
- Little toxicity data exists for tainted W.Va. water
- Details about USS Cole suspect’s stint in CIA custody must be turned over
- Medicaid paid $12M for Illinois dead, audit finds
- Hopes high for muscular dystrophy drug
- Senator pitches gasoline tax increase