State urges court to reject hearing in rape case
BILLINGS, Mont. - The Montana Attorney General's office is urging the state Supreme Court to stand by a recent ruling that would send a former teacher back to prison for raping his 14-year-old student. Attorneys for Stacey Dean Rambold are seeking a new hearing on the ruling that said the former Billings Senior High School teacher should serve at least two more years in prison. Rambold's attorneys argue that District Judge G. Todd Baugh was right to factor in the girl's conduct when he handed down a one-month prison sentence last year. Assistant Attorney General Tammy Plubell responded Friday that no blame can be attached to the girl under state law. She committed suicide while the case was pending. Rambold pleaded guilty to sexual intercourse without consent after authorities say he repeatedly sexually victimized the girl.