The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

O'Reilly on Cashman

Last night, Bill O'Reilly had the news story on Judge Edward Cashman's recent sentencing of a child rapist. He wasn't able to get Cashman to admit what a bumbling idiot he was, or how irresponsible and ignorant the sentence he handed out was.

Thirty-four-year-old Mark Hulett — Hulett, I should say, of Williston, Vermont, pled guilty to repeatedly raping a 6-year-old girl for four years until she was 10. Judge Edward Cashman, sentenced Hulett to 60 days in prison, even though the rosecutor had asked for 20 years.
Vermont has no mandatory minimum sentence for child rape, none. So, again, a child rapist gets 60 days courtesy of this man, Judge Cashman.

Although Vermont does not have minimum sentencing for rape- it does seem to have guidelines for Lewd or lascivious conduct with child, as I have mentioned before. "(b) A person who violates subsection (a) of this section shall be: (1) For a first offense, imprisoned not less than one year and not more than 15 years or fined not more than $5,000.00, or both.". It seems everyone wants to ignore that and sit around scratching their heads at why Vermont doesn't have tougher laws. Well, in defense of Vermont, it may not have the toughest laws- but it certainly has laws tougher than what Cashman believes.

SEE: The O'Reilly Factor - Interview - Worst Judge Award?

The most important thing to take away from this is that today Vermont legislators are introducing their own version of Jessica's Law, which includes 25-year minimum mandatory sentence for aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and second offense L&L with a child where the victim is under 12. It is most important that those living in Vermont now, reach out to their leaders and demand that this be passed.

Another news story hitting the press even as I write this is that Cashman has openly defended his sentencing of Mark Hulett:

Cashman filed court papers Tuesday in which he reconsidered the sentence he imposed on Hulett last week. He did not change the sentence, but the document gave him the opportunity to more fully explain the original decision.
Cashman said he was aware of the criticism his decision had prompted. "The negative comments sting," he wrote.
"I am aware that the intensity of some public criticism may shorten my judicial career," Cashman said. "To change my decision now, however, simply because of some negative sentiment, would be wrong.
"I owe it to the judiciary and to my own conscience to maintain a stand that I believe is the best possible option in a very difficult situation," he said. SOURCE

The best possible option? For who? The man who raped this child- perhaps. But not for the child, and not for her family, and not for those that live in Vermont, and most certainly not for the victims this man will have in the future.
Okay, all you "oh sex offender treatment works" people- have at it. But guess what? As with any treatment- you must admit that this is no different- one has to be wanting and willing to undertake the treatment in order for it to even have the slightest effect. In contrast to say 50 years behind bars. My solution protects children from this monster for the entire time he is locked away- treatment, well we won't know how well that holds until he offends again.

This judge, Edward Cashman of Vermont- is no better than the man that raped this child to begin with. He has used his position as a judge to victimize her once again. He had an obligation according to the Constitution of Vermont to take into account the harm done to this child, and he came back telling her it, she, was worth only 60 days. That her pain means less than the freedom of the man who sexually abused her, and that her pain, her suffering, and the law mean nothing.

Don't explain it to us Edward Cashman, explain it to her. Explain how the system failed her because YOU decided a case by your personal feeling rather than by the law.

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The Conservative UAW Guy said...

This story pi$$es me off more everytime I hear about it.

SINcerely said...

This bastard, who calls himself a judge, should be shot. No doubt he is taking payoffs. There could be no other logic to his behavior.