Mothers of Lost Children (MOLC), an advocacy group for abused women, has apparently decided the best approach to reforming the legal system is to take the law into their own hands!
Part of the MOLC quote states, “The judge must go…Hang the Judge!”
In Response To: The case of Judge Todd G. Baugh (Billings, Montana, Yellowstone County) who sentenced teacher Stacy Rambold to 30 days in jail for raping a 14 year old student, who later committed suicide. Judge Baugh said the victim was partly responsible for her rape.
A national outcry ensued, in response Judge Baugh offered a lame apology. Thousands signed a petition demanding Judge Baugh resign, others protested outside the courthouse. Judge Baugh then tried to “do over” the case by holding a hearing to determine if the sentence was legal, and possibly change it. However, the Montana Supreme Court blocked the do-over hearing, state it was “unlawful” and “We take no position on the legality of the imposed sentence and will address the parties’ arguments in that regard on appeal.”
Although ATW disagrees with the decision of Judge Baugh, we also disagree with imposing “justice” through force or violence (both verbal or physical).
Since MOLC promote themselves as an organization that is fighting abuse, they should be elevated to a higher standard of behavior because they are supposed to set an example for the rest of us, and demonstrate reform through peaceful action/advocacy. If violence is to become acceptable in the Mother’s Movement, that opens the door for more abusers to work in it–creating a risk for mothers and their children to be re-victimized. In light of that, we find this post appalling.
Our sympathies go out to the family and friends of the victim, Cherise Moralez.
Read More about this case at:
“Judge Sympathizes with Teacher who Raped 14 Yr Old Student- 30 Days in Jail”: http://abusiveadvocates.com/2013/08/30/judge-baugh-30-days-not-enough/
“Court Denies Judge a Do-Over on 30 Day Rape Sentence” by Josh Voorhees. 9/6/2013. The Slate.com: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/09/06/todd_baugh_rape_case_mont_judge_g_todd_baugh_denied_do_over_in_30_day_rape.html