Judge gives child-rapist 60-day sentence
No longer believes in punishment: 'Anger doesn't solve anything'
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.
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.
I am sitting here with my jaw in my lap. I am speechless. I would try to wrap my brain around the logic behind this sentencing, if there were any. But there is not one shred of logic attached to this in any way.
This "judge" no longer believes in punishment? Then he can no longer do the job he was hired to do and should subsequently be FIRED. Immediately.
Mark Hulett ADMITTED that he raped this child countless times. A CHILD. He RAPED a CHILD REPEATEDLY over the course of FOUR YEARS. And this judge doesn't think he belongs in jail.
Actually, I happen to agree with Judge Cashman on this point. This deviant does not belong in jail. He belongs UNDER it.
I'm not sure what infuriates me more about this...the fact that the child upon which these crimes were perpretrated will have to share the streets with this animal or the fact that MY child will have to share the streets with this animal.
From the Burlington Free Press article:
Cashman defended his ruling by saying that without treatment, a long jail term would only harden Hulett and make him more dangerous when he is released. He seemed to feel that decision would keep society safer from this offender's sexual deviancy in the long run.
BULLSHIT. You want to avoid the dangers that prison "inflicts" upon criminals such as Mark Hulett? Kill him. Execute the sonofabitch and then we don't have to worry about recidivism.
Those of you who have made it past the occasional cuss word in the writings above, please be warned it's going to get worse...
Right now the ONLY things going through my head are obscenities but I will do my best to come up with something semi-coherent.
This animal rapes a child for FOUR years and gets a whopping 60-day sentence because the judge in the case "doesn't believe in punishment"? Excuse me? Then maybe it's about time Judge Cashman looks to find another line of work,. I think it would be a great idea for Judge Cashman to go to work helping and counseling children who have been through this sort of horrific experience. Maybe THEN he will begin to understand why Mark Hulett should have faced the stiffest penalty the law allows.
What kind of man is this judge? What kind of PERSON puts the well-being of a self-admitted child RAPIST ahead of the well-being of the victim AND THE REST OF SOCIETY? What gain is there to be had by setting this animal free after 60 days? None. Hell, why even bother with 60 days? Why not just say "Fuck it." and let him go right then and there?
Hell, if punishment no longer accomplishes anything then why don't we just do away with jails completely and just build rehabilitation treatment facilities? Because, you know, rehabilitation works SO well.
According to the Center for Sex Offender Management, the recidivism rates over 25 years for child molesters is 39% and for child rapists is 52%. And that, according to the website, is an underestimate. In my opinion, THERE IS NO REHABILITATION TO BE HAD FOR DEVIANTS SUCH AS MARK HULETT. (hat tip to THe Jake Files) So the fact that length of jail time is even fodder for debate is utterly ridiculous. Imposing the death penalty on anyone convicted of sexually assaulting a child would a.) eliminate the possibility of recidivism for THAT individual, b.) send a message to anyone who might be on the fence (if that is possible) about committing a crime such as that, and c.) protect the most vulnerable members of our society...our children. For unless we as a society get serious, and I mean deadly serious, about protecting our children this sort of crime will continue and our children will NEVER be safe.
Instead, we get judges like Judge Cashman who decide to legislate from the bench. Great. So, instead of the judicial system protecting society, he's using it to screw us. Literally. I wonder if he can explain to me (or, better yet, my four year old daughter. Or better than that, the VICTIM) why this animal's "rights" are more important than my daughter's safety. Why is it that my daughter...who has done nothing wrong or illegal in her life...is at the mercy not only of "people" such as Mark Hulett but the courts as well?
Hell, the courts in this country as as guilty as Mark Hulett. The courts continually release predators such as Mark Hulett and allow them repeatedly perpetrate their crimes even though they have been proven to be child molesters and rapists. Short prison terms followed by lenient probation and lax monitoring...sounds like the perfect treatment for a convicted child RAPIST. Advocates for these "people" (how the hell can someone actually stand up and ADVOCATE for people such as this?) say that prisons are too crowded, that prison terms do nothing to prevent recidivism. Ok, fine. Personally speaking, I don't think prison sentences are the appropriate punishment for this type of crime but, if you have read this far, you already know that.
Judge Cashman, I have a proposition for you...since you seem to think that it's ok for MY child to be in the streets along with my children, let's put him on the street with YOUR CHILDREN. If you are so firm in your convictions (no pun intended) about prison time not being effective and treatment being a better option, YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN go live next to him. Put up or shut up you ignorant, ineffective, worthless piece of crap. How DARE you? How dare you NOT DO YOUR JOB? If that animal so much as THINKS about harming another child, YOUR ASS should be thrown in the same hole in the ground as he is.
Anger doesn't serve any purpose? Wanna bet? Give that child's parents immunity, a gun, and 5 minutes alone with Mark Hulett and I'll show you purpose.