The Montana Supreme Court ruled that convicted rapist Stacey Rambold’s 30-day prison sentence cannot be reconsidered. Judge G. Todd Baugh sentenced Rambold, convicted of raping 14-year-old Cherice Moralez, to only 30 days in prison and wished to reconsider the sentence after a large amount of public outrage.
However, the state supreme court blocked the desired resentencing saying, “We conclude that the stated intent of the District Court to alter the initially imposed oral sentence in today’s scheduled hearing is unlawful and that the proceeding should be arrested. We take no position on the legality of the imposed sentence and will address the parties’ arguments in that regard on appeal.”
Both the prosecution and defense agreed with the high court’s order. The defense believes the original sentence was correct, and the prosecution thinks that changing the sentence now could damage an appeal.
The case gained national media attention not only because of the 30-day sentence, but also because of Judge Baugh’s statement that the victim, who committed suicide after her case was made public, “seemed older than her chronological age.”