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Topic - Stacey Dean Rambold
The Montana Attorney General's office urged the state Supreme Court on Friday to stand by a recent ruling that would send a former teacher back to prison for raping his 14-year-old student.
A high school teacher who served one month in prison for raping a 14-year-old student is asking the Montana Supreme Court to reconsider a decision that could send him back to prison for at least two more years.
A former high school teacher who served one month in prison after being convicted of raping a 14-year-old student faces more time behind bars after the Montana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that his original sentence was too short.
A former Montana teacher convicted of rape wrongly blamed his 14-year-old victim when he argued that she bore responsibility in the case, an attorney for the state said Thursday in a court filing.
Attorneys for a former Montana teacher who raped a 14-year-old student argued Friday that his 30 days in prison were enough punishment, even as a judicial oversight panel sought the censure of the judge in the case over what it called an unlawful sentence.
A Billings, Mont., judge is defending his decision this week to sentence a former high school teacher to only 30 days in jail after he raped a student several times who later killed herself.
Montana residents are fuming and on a campaign to oust a state judge who ruled that a teacher who raped a 14-year-old girl — who subsequently killed herself — deserves only 30 days behind bars.
A former teacher who pleaded guilty to raping a 14-year-old student who later killed herself has been sentenced to 30 days in jail by a Billings, Mont., judge.
"This is not 'victim blaming,' " Rambold attorney Jay Lansing wrote. "There is not statute or case decision which specifically prohibits the sentencing court from consideration of the victim's role and participation in the offense."
"The citizens of Montana have determined that persons as young as 12 years of age will be held accountable and responsible for their actions in regard to certain types of sexual offenses," Rambold attorney Jay Lansing wrote. "There is no rational basis to conclude that if the person is 14 years of age, the person can only have responsibility if they are the offender."