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Thursday, January 5, 2006

Slap, Meet Wrist

Posted by on January 5 at 11:14 AM

Maybe there’s something to the right’s whole “activist judges” shrieking after all?

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.

Full story can be found here.

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wow. just wow.

I mean it's not like rapists are known to be high probablity repeat offenders or anything.

Especially child rapists. How the hell does Judge Cashman know that the defendant can be rehabilitated? Is he psychic?

Maybe Judge Cashman likes little girls himself....

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