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Thursday, January 05, 2006

I Wish This Were A Joke: A Call For GOOD Judges.

I was perusing the stories across the blogosphere this morning when this one caught my eye. There were a couple of expletives that escaped my lips when I was done reading it. (Hat-tip: Michelle Malkin)

There was outrage Wednesday when a Vermont judge handed out a 60-day jail sentence to a man who raped a little girl many,many times over a four-year span starting when she was seven.

The judge said he no longer believes in punishment and is more concerned about rehabilitation.

Prosecutors argued that confessed child-rapist Mark Hulett, 34, of Williston deserved at least eight years behind bars for repeatedly raping a littler girl countless times starting when she was seven.

But Judge Edward Cashman disagreed explaining that he no longer believes that punishment works.

"The one message I want to get through is that anger doesn't solve anything. It just corrodes your soul," said Judge Edward Cashman speaking to a packed Burlington courtroom. Most of the on-lookers were related to a young girl who was repeatedly raped by Mark Hulett who was in court to be sentenced.

The sex abuse started when the girl was seven and ended when she was ten. Prosecutors were seeking a sentence of eight to twenty years in prison, in part, as punishment.

"Punishment is a valid purpose," Chittenden Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Andreson argued to Judge Edward Cashman.
"The state recognizes that the court may not agree or subscribe to that method of sentencing but the state does. The state thinks that it is a very important factor for the court to consider," Andreson added.

But Judge Cashman explained that he is more concerned that Hulett receive sex offender treatment as rehabilitation. But under Department of Corrections classification, Hulett is considered a low-risk for re-offense so he does not qualify for in-prison treatment.So the judge sentenced him to just 60 days in prison and then Hulett must complete sex treatment when he gets out or face a possible life sentence.

Judge Cashman also also revealed that he once handed down stiff sentences when he first got on the bench 25 years ago, but he no longer believes in punishment.

"I discovered it accomplishes nothing of value;it doesn't make anything better;it costs us a lot of money; we create a lot of expectation, and we feed on anger,"Cashman explained to the people in the court.

The sentence outraged the victim's family who asked not to be identified.

"I don't like it," the victim's mother,in tears, told Channel 3. "He should pay for what he did to my baby and stop it here. She's not even home with me and he can be home for all this time, and do what he did in my house," she added.

Hulett -- who had been out on bail-- was taken away to start his sentence immediately.

Judge Cashman needs to be removed from the bench. This is unconscionable. Here we have a man, found guilty mind you, of raping a child. A child. And the judge has decided since he doesn't believe in punishment anymore, that the man should have the most lenient sentence available. Further, the Dept. of Corrections states that he is a low risk for re-offending? Please, people. There are more statistics that show child molesters and child rapists will, once again, get their urges and re-offend. Their sex treatment is a joke.

If I were this mother, there's no telling what I might do. This is definitely one of those moments where "I don't condone, but I understand." In other words, if the family takes retribution against the judge or Mr. Hulett, I'll understand why. People, we live in a nation of laws, and when those laws are broken there is a fitting punishment for the crime. I don't care if Judge Cashman has had a change of heart. I really don't. The prosecutors should be filing an appeal. Yes, he was found guilty, but this sentence is a joke.

I'm a lawyer. I don't deal in criminal law because I just can't deal with some of the scum out in society that asks society to "understand" how they feel. I'm sorry, but I'm a black-and-white sort of girl here. If you broke a law, you should be punished, end of story. But, we have a number of bleeding hearted fools out there that think we should understand where these people are coming from. Why they committed their crimes, and why it's important to know what's in their hearts and minds. Frankly, I could give a rip. Let them get those questions answered behind bars, which is where this piece of filth should be.

The movement to not punish offenders is infinitessimal right now in America, but there are enough idiotic judges like Cashman that would have no problem taking a violent offender, and slapping him on the wrist. The judge claims that punishment doesn't work, and I contend that light sentences don't work, either. Look, I live in Chicago, and I know that there are kids running around the streets that have two or three crimes under their belts already. Light sentences just send the message that if you commit a crime, society doesn't have the gumption to sentence you to the appropriate time.

Hulett's getting off so easy that it's not even funny. The parents of the little girl will have to suffer with the fact that a liberal judge doesn't want to do his job. That little girl will suffer the rest of her life as she no longer has anything to give a prospective husband in the future. This piece of trash took the innocence away from this little girl.

Cashman needs to be removed from the bench. If he feels that a crime this heinous doesn't deserve punishment, what else does he think doesn't deserve a punishment? Murder? Drunk Driving? How about drug charges? Will those people, too, be sentenced to two month sentences? Get this clown off the bench before he lets more garbage walk, basically, scott free.

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