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Judge gives child-rapist 60-day sentence (says 'Anger doesn't solve anything')
WorldNetDaily ^ | January 6, 2005

Posted on 01/06/2006 6:30:56 AM PST by NYer

Claiming he no longer believes in punishment, a Vermont judge issued a 60-day sentence to a man who confessed to repeatedly raping a girl over a four-year period, beginning when she was 7 years old.

Judge Edward Cashman disagreed with prosecutors who thought Mark Hulett, 34, of Williston, Vt., deserved eight to 20 years in prison, reported WCAX-TV in Burlington, Vt.

Cashman said he's more concerned now about rehabilitation.

"The one message I want to get through is that anger doesn't solve anything. It just corrodes your soul," Cashman told a packed Burlington courtroom made up mostly of people related to the victim.

Prior to the decision, Chittenden Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Andreson argued punishment "is a valid purpose."

"The state recognizes that the court may not agree or subscribe to that method of sentencing but the state does," she said, according to the Burlington TV station. "The state thinks that it is a very important factor for the court to consider."

Cashman said he wants to make sure Hulett gets sex-offender treatment.

Under Department of Corrections classification, however, Hulett is considered a low-risk for re-offense, which means he doesn't qualify for in-prison treatment.

Cashman, therefore, issued a 60-day sentence and ordered Hulett to complete sex-treatment when he gets out or face a possible life sentence.

The judge said that when he began 25 years ago, he handed down tough sentences but now believes "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, WCAX reported.

Members of the victim's family were outraged.

"I don't like it," the victim's mother told the TV station, in tears. "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."


TOPICS: US: Vermont
KEYWORDS: aclu; cashman; childmolestors; edwardcashman; judicialactivism; pedophilia; rape; sexualabuse; vermont
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1 posted on 01/06/2006 6:30:58 AM PST by NYer
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To: NYer

OMG! The Judge doesn't believe in punishment? WTF? LOL


2 posted on 01/06/2006 6:32:01 AM PST by Echo Talon
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To: NYer
Clinical progression is: Idiot, Imbecile, Moron. This guy is definately a moron.....
3 posted on 01/06/2006 6:33:57 AM PST by joe fonebone (Thin skinned people make me sick!!!)
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To: NYer

"anger doesn't solve anything."

And letting pieces of human $hit like this back on the streets does?!

American justice is dead. Can we bury it now?


4 posted on 01/06/2006 6:34:29 AM PST by Blzbba (Sub sole nihil novi est)
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To: NYer

The judge is so wrong.

That little girl is angry and she will be angry all her life.

If this is a judge whose idea of justice no longer involves punishment, then he needs to be off the bench.
I would assume that if his grandchild was raped, repeatedly, the judge would be sanguine with 60 days for the offender.


5 posted on 01/06/2006 6:35:17 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: NYer

Here's hoping that if ever that judge is a plaintiff in a injury lawsuit his words come back to haunt him. For any grievous injury to himself, he would deserve to be awarded the sum of $1 as anything beyond would simply be punishment.


6 posted on 01/06/2006 6:35:36 AM PST by Sgt_Schultze
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To: Echo Talon

This Judge needs to change his line of work.

He should go into the "rehab" business.

Was this judge elected or appointed?


7 posted on 01/06/2006 6:35:52 AM PST by i_dont_chat (I'm a Texan, of course.)
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To: joe fonebone

Vermont Freepers complain that readers love to dump on their state. I wonder why?


8 posted on 01/06/2006 6:36:38 AM PST by gaspar
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To: NYer

I bet he is not a republican.


9 posted on 01/06/2006 6:37:08 AM PST by wallace144
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To: NYer
'Anger doesn't solve anything'

Then I propose cut the perp's you know what off, but we'll do it without anger of course.
10 posted on 01/06/2006 6:37:21 AM PST by HEY4QDEMS (Why does sour cream have an expiration date?)
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To: NYer

Sounds like a good place to go rob a Bank.


11 posted on 01/06/2006 6:37:44 AM PST by mowowie
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To: NYer

I think this judge needs his background and personal computer investigated. Maybe he wants to set precedence.. so when he gets caught, he won't have to serve years and years. :)


12 posted on 01/06/2006 6:37:50 AM PST by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: joe fonebone

What's beneath a moron?

The problem here is not that the judge is stupid. He's probably highly intelligent.

It's that he wants to show off what he considers his moral superiority over the rest of society, at our expense.

I can buy a guy getting drunk or high and committing a single heinous act such as this. Although I doubt I could get drunk enough to do such a thing.

But continually repeating it shows a predilection to such activity. In a decent society, there would be capital punishment for such horrendous crimes.


13 posted on 01/06/2006 6:38:27 AM PST by Restorer
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To: NYer
Under Department of Corrections classification, however, Hulett is considered a low-risk for re-offense, which means he doesn't qualify for in-prison treatment.

What on earth kind of whacked out rule would state that someone who repeatedly raped a child for FOUR YEARS was at low risk for reoffense. Outrageous is hardly the word for it. This judge needs to be removed from his position immediately. I wouldn't be surprised if this offender isn't around much longer. He doesn't deserve it.

14 posted on 01/06/2006 6:38:30 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: i_dont_chat
Was this judge elected or appointed?

Not sure, bet he needs to be removed ASAP before he screws up again.

15 posted on 01/06/2006 6:38:30 AM PST by Echo Talon
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To: NYer
Claiming he no longer believes in punishment, a Vermont judge issued a 60-day sentence

The evidence must have been overwhelming. In Vermont, 60 days in jail suggests a pretty serious crime. I surely hope there aren't more judges in Vermont this harsh, and something can be done about this on appeal! It will be appealed? Right?

16 posted on 01/06/2006 6:39:30 AM PST by stevem
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This judge needs to be throw off the bench. This is outrageous. My heart goes out to that poor girl who will have to live in fear every day because this monster is out on the streets. 15 days in prison for every year he raped her. Horrible.


17 posted on 01/06/2006 6:40:10 AM PST by SmoothTalker
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To: little jeremiah

ping


18 posted on 01/06/2006 6:40:39 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: NYer
I agree with the judge in that the child rapist does not deserve 8 to 20 years in prison as prosecutors contend. No, instead he deserves the death penalty and the execution should be held in public.
19 posted on 01/06/2006 6:40:41 AM PST by Spiff ("They start yelling, 'Murderer!' 'Traitor!' They call me by name." - Gael Murphy, Code Pink leader)
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To: Echo Talon

Sadly, the next civil rights 'frontier' for some Libs is to decriminalize pedophilia.


20 posted on 01/06/2006 6:42:41 AM PST by 6SJ7
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To: silverleaf
My neighbor's daughter has been a basket case for 50+ years after a similar experience....

Bad handling of this deal.

21 posted on 01/06/2006 6:43:57 AM PST by pointsal
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To: NYer

Rape the judge for four years and then see if he gets the idea about the importance of punishment.


22 posted on 01/06/2006 6:44:42 AM PST by FormerLib (Kosova: "land stolen from Serbs and given to terrorist killers in a futile attempt to appease them.")
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"...a man who confessed to repeatedly raping a girl over a four-year period, beginning when she was 7 years old...Under Department of Corrections classification, however, Hulett is considered a low-risk for re-offense."

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23 posted on 01/06/2006 6:45:42 AM PST by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
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To: NYer
anger doesn't solve anything.


Since when did anger have anything to do with punishments? I'm rarely angry when I'm having to punish my son. In fact, most of the time, I'm trying my best to not crack up, but the behaviour being inappropriate, gets him punishment.

At least, he didn't spit out that fallacy "violence doesn't solve anything." Still, the judge an the rapist needs to be punished...


I know, in a fit of happiness, one could beat this rapist to death, over a 4 year period.
24 posted on 01/06/2006 6:46:09 AM PST by Kidan (Tolerance is the virtue of a man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
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To: NYer

An inept judiciary, failing to administer justice, encourages vigilantism.


25 posted on 01/06/2006 6:46:14 AM PST by RabidBartender
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To: NYer

Voters should remember this when they are called upon to retain him as a judge.


26 posted on 01/06/2006 6:47:11 AM PST by Schichtel (Scorch)
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To: Echo Talon
Irresponsibility like this is why mandatory minimum sentencing law are passed. If judges cannot handle their power responsibly, then power and discretion should be removed from them.
27 posted on 01/06/2006 6:48:16 AM PST by KarlInOhio (What is the most obscene gesture to a Democrat? An Iraqi voter showing him a stained finger.)
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To: 6SJ7
Sadly, the next civil rights 'frontier' for some Libs is to decriminalize pedophilia.

How young do they want to allow? Frickin' GROSS...

28 posted on 01/06/2006 6:49:13 AM PST by Echo Talon
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To: NYer

I would say a month in jail for contempt of court for the Judge might just fix his attitude, and execution solves a child rapists problem just fine.


29 posted on 01/06/2006 6:50:04 AM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: RabidBartender

"Cashman said he's more concerned now about rehabilitation."

Send him to Indiana. We will "rehabilitate" him.


30 posted on 01/06/2006 6:50:21 AM PST by EEDUDE (Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.)
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To: FormerLib
Rape the judge for four years and then see if he gets the idea about the importance of punishment.

Ever see the movie "Pulp Fiction"? He needs to be raped by the gimp for 4 years. :D

31 posted on 01/06/2006 6:50:27 AM PST by Echo Talon
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To: 6SJ7

I was thinking the same thing. I believe there will be a push to lower the age of consent and eventually none at all. With a "punishment" of 60 days, what would keep a twisted person from molesting kids. Usually there is a fear of going to prison as a child molester because they treated them worse than other criminals. Maybe he will get 60 days worth of punishment in jail from the other criminals. Bad to wish that but even worse what I am thinking should be done to the judge.


32 posted on 01/06/2006 6:51:24 AM PST by laxin4him (They will know by our love not our picket lines)
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To: Kidan

The victims family needs to beat the judge to within in an inch of his life.

Then apologize.


33 posted on 01/06/2006 6:51:26 AM PST by tsomer
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To: KarlInOhio
I'm surprised they don't have a mandatory minimum, I bet they will now.
34 posted on 01/06/2006 6:52:39 AM PST by Echo Talon
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To: i_dont_chat
Here's another recent example of Judge Cashman's brand of "justice:

UVM Police Powers Challenged

Burlington, Vermont - November 7, 2005

For years UVM Police have operated like any other agency in the state. They are trained the same.. they are certified the same. They cite and arrest people for all sorts of crimes.

That's what happened last May. UVM police arrested a young man for drunk driving on a city street. He refused to take a breath test.

Under Vermont law the refusal should have triggered automatic license suspension and might lead to a criminal conviction.

But not in this case.

District Judge Edward Cashman threw out the drunk driving charge. Cashman ruled that UVM police have legal authority only on campus property and only with UVM students faculty and staff.

"We respectfully disagree with the opinion Judge Cashman has brought down to us. We will be appealing the decision," says Colin McNeil, Chittenden Deputy Prosecutor.

McNeil says he was surprised by the ruling.

Cashman said UVM police powers are limited because they are supervised by UVM's appointed trustees rather than elected officials as required by the Vermont Constitution. But other judges have consistently ruled that the UVM police are authorized to work anyplace and that's why the prosecutor was stunned.

"No, did not expect it to go this way. We've had other opinions,other cases in the past where we've had a favorable ruling and did not expect that the judge would rule this way," says McNeil.

"First of all, the ruling was completely bewildering," says Chief Gary Margolis of UVM Police.

The UVM police chief says his officers will continue to do their duties including off-campus patrols and investigations. But for now, he is more concerned about what the judge's ruling means for the DWI suspect.

"I was concerned that there were no consequences for his action, you know in any way,shape or form and that's a concern because what's gonna keep him from doing it again," says Chief Margolis.

Now prosecutors say they will appeal Judge Cashman's ruling to the Vermont Supreme Court.

35 posted on 01/06/2006 6:52:50 AM PST by andy58-in-nh
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To: Schichtel
"Voters should remember this when they are called upon to retain him as a judge."

Appointed and reappointed by the Vermont Senate and House.

http://www.leg.state.vt.us/DOCS/2002/JOURNAL/JA010329.HTM

36 posted on 01/06/2006 6:54:20 AM PST by drc43 (Judges... Judges... get it done, then we can discuss priorities)
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To: NYer

Either this judge has "issues," the kind you'd find if you combed his computer...or he has dementia. Either way he should be retired pronto.


37 posted on 01/06/2006 6:54:47 AM PST by Graymatter
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To: NYer

As I stated on the other thread of this story. I think the judge is a closet pedophile and is sympathetic to this , this, I cannot even give this monster a proper word, so I will stick with monster.

Pull his d*ck off. By a rope tied to a bull and shoot a shotgun right behind the bull.


38 posted on 01/06/2006 6:56:09 AM PST by sandbar
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To: NYer

This judge claims to have done this so that the offender can receive rehabilitation. I want to know what type of rehabilitation that would be.

According to correction officials, the AMA, APA, courts around the country etc there is NO rehabilitation programs that have been shown to work for child molesters/abusers. Recidivism rates for child molesters is the HIGHEST of all criminal classes, yet this judge knows of some rehab that will work?

I'll say this, when this animal is released in 60 days (or less given good behavior) when he rapes a child again, I will not hold him responsible. The judge however should be brought up on child endangerment, accessory and child abuse charges.


39 posted on 01/06/2006 6:56:24 AM PST by Brytani (Democrats - destroying America since 1868)
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To: NYer

Rotten stinking POS liberal slime judge. Thinks nothing of the victim only the criminal.


40 posted on 01/06/2006 6:58:20 AM PST by Kokojmudd (Outsource the US Senate to Mexico! Put Walmart in charge of all Federal agencies!)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Is he just TRYING to get thrown off the bench?


41 posted on 01/06/2006 6:58:43 AM PST by sandbar
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To: NYer
This is the state which elects Screamin' Howie Dean, Bernie "The Red" Sanders, Leaky Leahy, and Jumpin' Jimmy Jeffords!

So why should this verdict surprise anybody? It's par for the course!

42 posted on 01/06/2006 6:58:46 AM PST by Gritty ("Americans cannot escape the final showdown with Islam" - Barbara Stock)
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It takes longer than 60 days for the kitchen table I ordered to arrive.


43 posted on 01/06/2006 6:58:58 AM PST by keats5
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To: Brytani

>>>This judge claims to have done this so that the offender can receive rehabilitation. I want to know what type of rehabilitation that would be. >>>

I see not mention he ordered 'rehabilitation'!!!

What good is diminishing his prison sentence for rehabilitation if you don't order that too!?!?!


44 posted on 01/06/2006 6:59:52 AM PST by sandbar
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60 days for rape?! When's Angelina Jolie gonna be in Vermont? I could do 60 days for some of that!


45 posted on 01/06/2006 7:01:54 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: sandbar

"Cashman, therefore, issued a 60-day sentence and ordered Hulett to complete sex-treatment when he gets out or face a possible life sentence"

It's in the article.


46 posted on 01/06/2006 7:02:05 AM PST by Brytani (Democrats - destroying America since 1868)
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To: bk1000
Noticed this is in Vermont, the land of the tyrannical socialists. If I were unfortunate enough to live there, I'd drop everything and do whatever necessary to lead the charge in getting this sorry excuse for a judge off the bench, whether by recall or impeachment.
47 posted on 01/06/2006 7:02:55 AM PST by right wing (I BELIEVE CONGRESSMAN WELDON!)
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To: sandbar
Is he just TRYING to get thrown off the bench?

That's a good question. Judge Cashman apparently used to be regarded as a tough-minded and fair jurist. He has a long and distinguished career (as even cursory investigation will show you). Very strange.

48 posted on 01/06/2006 7:03:18 AM PST by andy58-in-nh
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To: Echo Talon
OMG! The Judge doesn't believe in punishment? WTF? LOL

We are talking about Vermont
49 posted on 01/06/2006 7:03:22 AM PST by Vision (“We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the duty of intelligent men")
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To: NYer

Have you sent this story to Bill O'Reilly or Oprah? Both of them are big advocates for the protection of children who are victims of sex crimes and will give it some much needed exposure.


50 posted on 01/06/2006 7:05:28 AM PST by right wing (I BELIEVE CONGRESSMAN WELDON!)
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