A petition will be circulated at the protest calling for Baugh’s resignation. An online version of the petition had more than 8,500 signatures by Wednesday morning.
If the petition and protest aren’t enough to force Baugh’s resignation, protesters will shift to defeating him in the 2014 election, Rice said.
He was first elected to the bench in 1984 and has been re-elected every six years since then without an opponent.
Rambold was charged in October 2008 with three counts of sexual intercourse without consent after authorities alleged he had an ongoing sexual relationship with Cherice Moralez, starting the previous year when she was 14. Moralez killed herself in 2010 at age 16 while the case was pending.
The girl’s mother, Auleia Hanlon, said in a statement to the Gazette that she no longer believes in justice after Baugh’s sentence and remarks about her daughter.
“She wasn’t even old enough to get a driver’s license. But Judge Baugh, who never met our daughter, justified the paltry sentence saying she was older than her chronological age,” Hanlon said. “I guess somehow it makes a rape more acceptable if you blame the victim, even if she was only 14.”
Under state law, children younger than 16 cannot consent to sexual intercourse.
Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito previously said he disagreed with the judge’s ruling but would not appeal it.
“The judge’s reasons are his reasons and his reasons alone. He has broad authority under state law, given the proper criteria,” Twito said Tuesday.