Three short years ago, I mentioned a Vermont case in which a one time family friend has sexually abused a young girl for a number of years. The judge in the case, Edward Cashman had informed the court months prior to sentencing that he was considering a shame of a sentence, to which the family of the victim objected without any effect.
The media months later stumbled across the sentence Cashman handed out and paraded a diluge of angery talking heads in front of the judge until he caved under pressure from state leaders and a change in how sexual offenders were handled in prison was made, and reconsidered his sentence. In the end, Hulett will still have served less time in prison than he did sexually abusing the child. And, his sudden freedom from prison seems to be right in front of us.
Judge Edward Cashman came under fire from lawmakers, Gov. Jim Douglas and a Fox News commentator in January of 2006 when he sentenced Mark Hulett, then 34, of Williston, to 60 days for sexually assaulting the daughter of a family friend numerous times during a 4-year period beginning when she was 6. [...] Hulett is due for release Jan. 2, but will remain under the Corrections Department's supervision for life and could return to prison if he commits another offense or violates conditions of his release. His release also depends on finding suitable housing. SOURCEPrevious Coverage