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Article Title: “Montana Appeals Former Teacher’s One-Month Sentence for Rape of Teen”
By: Karen Smith, CNN http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/30/justice/montana-rape-30-day-sentence/ Opinionated Summary Number One: In the year 2008 Cherise Morales, a fourteen year-old female from Montana, was allegedly raped by her 47-year-old teacher, Stacy Dean Rambold. This crime came with a great price, not for Rambold, but to the family of Cherise Morales when she committed suicide in 2010. Rambold was charged with three counts of sexual intercourse without consent in 2008, pled guilty in August of 2013, and was sentenced to just thirty one days incarceration by District Judge G. Todd Baugh. As if Judge Baugh didn’t realize the sentence he imposed would seem unfair to the family of the victim and create massive amounts of controversy he went on to say that Morales, “Seemed older than her chronological age,” and a court document said, “The circumstance of a 47-year-old teacher having sexual intercourse with his 14-year-old student is precisely such a circumstance warranting a mandatory minimum sentence.”
A few days more than two months after Judge Baugh imposed this sentence he now claims to have made a blunder in his previous ruling and was unaware the minimum sentence was two years. In an apologetic statement Judge Baugh said, “I made some references to the victim’s age and control. I’m not sure just what I was attempting to say at that point, but it didn’t come out correct. What I said was demeaning to all women, not what I believe in and irrelevant to the sentencing.” Due to the aforementioned facts the State of Montana is currently appealing Rambold’s sentence in hopes of giving him additional time incarceration. Typically I remain neutral regarding controversial rulings because…...

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