I’ve been looking for a weekly segment to do here on the blog for some time, and one of my recent posts inspired me to create Douchebag of the Week. Every week (time and my memory willing), we will take a look at one person in particular who has said or done something particularly douchey, and I’ll point out why they’re the DBOTW. There will likely be a different one every week, although we can never underestimate the extreme douchebags who may end up winning this title more than once. Overall, it should be a fun time, and maybe, just maybe, we’ll convince at least one person to stop doing whatever got them on the list. So without further ado, let’s explore the very first Douchebag of the Week!
The first DBOTW crown goes to Judge G. Todd Baugh of Montana. You may have heard of him recently, as he’s in the news for his controversial sentence and comments in a local rape case. The case involves 54-year old high school teacher Stacey Rambold, who was found guilty of raping his 14-year old student Cherice Moralez. Allegedly, the two had maintained a relationship for several months, during which Rambold raped Moralez on three different occasions. The story takes a sad turn, as Cherice Moralez committed suicide in 2010, before Rambold could be brought to trial. As a result, prosecutors offered to defer the case for three years, and dismiss the charges provided that Rambold attend a sexual offender treatment program. But did he do that? Of course not.
Naturally, Rambold was kicked out of the program for having unsupervised visits with minors and for failing to report a relationship, which was part of the deal. So the case was revived, and Rambold was put on trial. Judge Baugh finally sentenced him to 31 days in prison, but Rambold received credit for time served. This brought his sentence to 30 days. Yes, the man who raped a 14-year old girl, who later killed herself, is serving a month in jail for his heinous crimes. And who do we have to thank for that? The Douchebag of the Week, G. Todd Baugh. But the douchebaggery doesn’t end there for Mr. Baugh, as he justified his slap-on-the-wrist sentence by saying that Cherice Moralez was “older than her chronological age,” and that she was “as much in control of the situation” as Rambold.
First of all, someone will have to explain to me how a person can be older than their chronological age. That is literally and definitively impossible. The fact that a judge, whose paycheck comes from taxes on citizens in Montana, could say something this idiotic, is baffling to me. There are no semantics, it’s just a stupid statement. Baugh was attempting to play down the fact that THIS WAS A 14-YEAR OLD GIRL by making it sound like she was older, in order to give some credibility to his absolutely ridiculous sentence against a rapist. This is not okay, Judge Baugh. You sound like a moron. Stop it.
Moving on, it’s also astounding to me that a judge can view a case like this and give a convicted rapist such a lax sentence. According to Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito, if Baugh had applied the proper section of state law, Rambold would have received a minimum sentence of two years in prison. But instead, he gave this rapist the sentence that he had asked for, and demeaned Cherice Moralez in the process. Obviously Baugh’s comments did not go unopposed, as several protests were held, and a petition asking for his resignation garnered over 34,000 signatures. Even the governor of Montana, Steve Bullock, was outraged by Baugh’s comments, saying that they “made me angry.” After all the backlash, Baugh apologized for his comments, but stands by his 30-day sentence. The prosecution is deliberating on an appeal, and they have a strong case if they decide to move forward.
Judge Baugh is our Douchebag of the Week because he not only gave a rapist one month in prison, he tried to justify it. You can’t justify that, period. We cannot view rape lightly under the law, and any judge should know that. Furthermore, it’s obvious that you’re only apologizing for your comments to save your ass. You’re not sorry for what you said, you’re just playing politician and trying to win re-election next year. And as a final point, you should be forced to take a math class for a year, because you obviously don’t understand that 14 is 14. So Judge Baugh, don’t be a douchebag. Do the job that the people elected you to do.
That wraps up our very first Douchebag of the Week installment, which I hope you enjoyed. And by “enjoyed,” I meant “flipped off Judge Baugh because he is a snarky asshole.” As always, we welcome feedback from everyone. Also, it’s worth noting that the selection process for DBOTW is not limited to the Common Sense Market team. We want you to get involved too, so feel free to nominate someone that you feel deserves the Douchebag of the Week title. Have a great weekend, everybody!