Monday, January 16, 2006

Vermont, child rapists Love it!

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.
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.

Yes, because, it's MUCH more important that the person that raped a child for 4 years making her life a living hell, gets some nice touchy feely treatment rather than being kept off the streets away from the victim. Who cares about HER mental well-being, which no doubt wouldn't be helped by having this guy out and ablt to attack her again. Hey judge, heres an idea...the guy wouldn't be able to attack anybody again if you lock him up for 25 years whereas the American Psychiatric assoc. says that child molesters are the least likely to be helped by thereapy and uniformly faile to be helped by thereapy. And by the way, you basically just did the same thing as if you took out an ad asking all child molesters to move to Vermont. Stay where you are get life sentances....come to Vermont and get 60 days then you can rape again. Bet the senance would be different if it was him tied down to that bed.


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