Thursday, January 05, 2006


Child Rapists Undeserving of Punishment?

If they don't deserve punishment, who does?

Vermont Judge Edward Cashman sentenced 34 year old confessed child-rapist Mark Hulett to 60 days in jail for repeatedly raping a young girl. The abuse took place over a 4 year period, beginning when the girl was just 7. Like a good liberal jurist, Judge Cashman intended the sentence to send a message -- not to child rapists, of course, (though its one they'll like hearing) but to society:
"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. . . .

"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.
Outrageous. Clearly, this guy has been on the bench too long. Its rulings like this that corrode public trust in the judicial system. For Vermont not to have a prison rehabilitation program for pedophiles like him is foolish. But what's the hurry to try and rehabilitate this rapist? Couldn't a likely futile rehabilitation attempt wait 8 years, as prosecutors requested?

Society deserves as much protection as possible from pedophiles like Hulett.
Life in prison without the possibility of parole would be a more appropriate sentence.

Via TheAnchoress, whose excellent post on the matter concludes:
So, let’s let this guy walk the streets again and try the rehab that may work for a little while, or not at all! Gee, that doesn’t create any expectations, now, does it? The judge feels jailtime accomplishes nothing of value? So what?

This girl’s life has been stolen. This man, therefore, no longer needs to walk free in America and have the opportunity to steal another, and another, and another child’s life. Putting him in jail accomplishes something of value: it tells this little girl that he’s not going to harm her again. And it precludes anyone else’s little girl from having to endure this hell.

But I guess the judge, having become so enlightened as to have conquered his own impulse to anger, does not understand what he has done.
He should be removed from the bench.


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