- Steve DainesSenator
- Jon TesterSenator
- Lindsey GrovomChief Clerk - Montana House of Representatives
- Dennis LenzSegent of Arms - Montana House of Representatives
- Austin KnudsenState Representative
- Montana Judicial Standards Commission
Impeach Judge John McKeon
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A father raped his daughter multiple times and will only serve 60 days of jail time. Judge John C. McKeon sentenced 40 year-old Martin Blake to only 60 days of incarceration and probation for the admitted, multiple rapes of his 12 year-old. Judge McKeon even gave Blake credit for the 17 days served while awaiting trial, meaning he will only serve 43 days for the brutal sexual assault.
This is not what the prosecution wanted. They had made a deal with the father that would give him a 100 year sentence with 75 years suspended for the repeated rapes. That would have put the father in jail for 25 years. Judge McKeon ignored what the prosecution recommended, and did what he thought was best for the rapist instead of the victim.
60 days in prison with a suspended 30 year sentence does not match the crime and fails to acknowledge the horrors the victim had to endure. Judge McKeon did not uphold the responsibility of ensuring justice as he is required to in his elected position. The judge provided a number of reasons for his horrible decision. None of them justify the sentence that was handed down.
He is just one of many judges who have been caught handing down light sentences to rapists. This must stop and we can only do that by sending a message. It is time to start punishing the judges who let these monsters walk our streets. Please sign this petition calling for the impeachment of Judge John C. McKeon.
Judge McKeon seemed to only listen to those who stood by a man who sexually assaulted his own daughter multiple times. From the victim’s mother to his church, they came out in support of Martin Blake. The victim only had the justice system on her side, and it failed her. Judge McKeon failed her. She deserves justice and together we can help be her voice.
The Judicial Standards Commission must review this case to right this wrong, but in the meantime, we can ensure Judge McKeon doesn’t get to retire and collect a paycheck from taxpayers after failing to fulfill his duty as a judge. Please sign and show your support for the impeachment of Judge John C. McKeon.
- Chief Clerk - Montana House of Representatives
- Segent of Arms - Montana House of Representatives
- State Representative
- Montana Judicial Standards Commission
Impeach Judge John McKeon:
We the people of Montana, cannot sit by and watch the repeated injustice of our court system. There was an obvious bias toward the protection of the convicted child rapist, who was sentenced to less than the minimum required for his admitted crime. Justice for the victim was not served.
We want Judge McKeon impeached and his retirement benefits revoked. He acted in a way which was a direct violation to the Montana Correctional and Sentencing Policies and the Canons he is required to uphold as an elected Judge. He disregarded a plea deal of 100 years, with 75 suspended recommended by the prosecution and instead let the admitted, child rapist walk free on a minimal incarceration and probation. The convicted man admitted to repeatedly raping his 12 year old daughter and accepted the plea, knowing he would be sentenced to 100 years, yet because of Judge McKeon, he will be free to reoffend.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
Judge McKeon did not satisfy the requirements and responsibilities of the position he was elected to do and as such should not be eligible to collect retirement from the hard working people of Montana who he did nothing to protect.
As an elected judge in the State of Montana John McKeon has certain responsibilities.
According to Montana’s Correctional and Sentencing Policy 46-18-101, (2a) Judge McKeon has the responsibility to punish each offender commensurate with the nature and degree of harm caused by the offense and to hold an offender accountable. He did not uphold this responsibility by sentencing a convicted child rapist to a less than minimum sentence. The degree of harm inflicted by the offender through the repeated rape of his own child is immeasurable, yet he was given less than the minimum sentence for these transgressions.
According to Montana’s Correctional and Sentencing Policy 46-18-101, (2c) Judge McKeon has the responsibility to provide restitution, reparation, and restoration to the victim of the offense. He did not uphold that responsibility as his sentence returns the offender to the community where he committed his crimes in a very short period of time and with minimal restriction of access to his victim. Per his probation, the offender is permitted to have contact with his victim as long as he obtains permission from his probation officer.
According to Montana’s Correctional and Sentencing Policy 46-18-101, (3b) Judge McKeon has the responsibility to impose sentences that should be commensurate with the punishment imposed on other persons committing the same offenses. Instead, he utilized statues to ensure less than the minimum sentence that is imposed on other offenders. Rape is a serious crime and has we have seen in previous cases, should be sentenced accordingly. Montana has a minimum sentence for such cases, yet Judge McKeon disregarded the laws of Montana as well as the recommendations of the prosecution.
According to Montana’s Correctional and Sentencing Policy 46-18-101, (3g) Judge McKeon has the responsibility to ensure sentencing and correctional practices emphasize that the offender is responsible for obeying the law and must hold the offender accountable for the offender's actions. Judge McKeon did NOT emphasize the responsibility or accountability of the offender. He instead, emphasized the best interest of the convicted. Punishing an admitted child rapist to 43 days of confinement and probation does NOT emphasize responsibility for the crimes committed.
According to Montana’s Correctional and Sentencing Policy 46-18-101, (3h) Judge McKeon has the responsibility to ensure that sentencing practices must emphasize restitution to the victim by the offender. Instead, Judge McKeon’s sentence directly allows access to the victim by the child’s rapist. He did not ensure restitution, but instead imposed a sentence that does not benefit the victim in any way. It instead places the victim in direct danger.
According to Montana’s Correctional and Sentencing Policy 46-18-101, (3i) Judge McKeon has the responsibility to ensure that sentencing practices should promote and support practices, policies, and programs that focus on restorative justice principles. He did not uphold this responsibility.
Judge John C. McKeon did not uphold the responsibilities of his elected position and as such delivered a grievous miscarriage of justice.
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