Boys Do Not Hit Girls, But If They Do and Fracture Their Face In Three Places Then No Biggie

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Abby Zimet

Welcome back to District Judge Todd Baugh, the infamous Montana judge who sentenced a former teacher to a month in jail for raping a 14-year-old girl who later killed herself, arguing the victim was “as much in control of the situation” as the creep who raped her - a case that prompted protests and petitions. Now Baugh has sentenced a guy who punched out his girlfriend, fracturing her face in three places, to six months in jail and the bizarro "punishment" of writing “Boys do not hit girls” 5,000 times. In the case, aforementioned puncher Pacer Ferguson was convicted of misdemeanor assault, but acquitted of felony charges. Here's the thing: there's been coverage of the Bart-Simpson-like sentencing, but most reports fail to mention that Ferguson also appeared at another hearing before another judge about his earlier attempt to rob a man at knife point in a Walmart parking lot: on that offense, the judge found he had repeatedly violated the terms of his release and sentenced him to eight years in prison. So. Trying and failing to rob someone: Eight years. Savagely assaulting a woman: Six months.

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