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Montana Supreme Court Blocks Judge’s Bid to Resentence Teacher in Rape Case

Montana’s Supreme Court┬áblocked a judge today from resentencing a former teacher who was given a 30-day sentence for raping a 14-year-old girl who later committed suicide.

The ruling, which was supported by four of the court’s seven justices, was handed down today one hour before a hearing was scheduled to void the 31-day prison sentence given to Stacey Rambold.

“We conclude that the stated intent of the District Court to alter the initially imposed oral sentence in today’s scheduled hearing is unlawful,” the State Supreme Court’s ruling said. “We take no position on the legality of the imposed sentence, and will address the parties’ arguments in that regard on appeal.”

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