Skip to comments.Judge gives child-rapist 60-day sentence (says 'Anger doesn't solve anything')
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."
OMG! The Judge doesn't believe in punishment? WTF? LOL
"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?
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.
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.
This Judge needs to change his line of work.
He should go into the "rehab" business.
Was this judge elected or appointed?
Vermont Freepers complain that readers love to dump on their state. I wonder why?
I bet he is not a republican.
Sounds like a good place to go rob a Bank.
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. :)
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.
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.
Not sure, bet he needs to be removed ASAP before he screws up again.
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?
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.
Sadly, the next civil rights 'frontier' for some Libs is to decriminalize pedophilia.
Bad handling of this deal.
Rape the judge for four years and then see if he gets the idea about the importance of punishment.
"...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."
An inept judiciary, failing to administer justice, encourages vigilantism.
Voters should remember this when they are called upon to retain him as a judge.
How young do they want to allow? Frickin' GROSS...
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.
"Cashman said he's more concerned now about rehabilitation."
Send him to Indiana. We will "rehabilitate" him.
Ever see the movie "Pulp Fiction"? He needs to be raped by the gimp for 4 years. :D
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.
The victims family needs to beat the judge to within in an inch of his life.
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.
Appointed and reappointed by the Vermont Senate and House.
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.
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.
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.
Rotten stinking POS liberal slime judge. Thinks nothing of the victim only the criminal.
Is he just TRYING to get thrown off the bench?
So why should this verdict surprise anybody? It's par for the course!
It takes longer than 60 days for the kitchen table I ordered to arrive.
>>>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!?!?!
60 days for rape?! When's Angelina Jolie gonna be in Vermont? I could do 60 days for some of that!
"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.
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.
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.