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Light Sentence for Child Molester = Green Light for Others

Scott on January 11, 2006 at 9:17 am

As I’m sure you’ve heard, a judge in Vermont named Edward Cashman sentenced a convicted child molester/sexual predator/child rapist to 60 days out of a 10 year suspended sentence. Referencing: Judge Defends Outrageous Decision

When I first heard about this story last week, I was horrified. But at the same time, I told myself that there will always be people around with REALLY POOR judgement, and so we need to learn how to work around them and limit the damage they can do.

But then, the more I thought about it, the more upsetting it became. I heard portions of an interview with the judge where he basically said he didn’t believe in the “punative nature” of the legal system. I heard others interviewed who were familiar with the judge and his history on the bench who said that Cashman firmly believes in changing to legal system to fit his liberal view of treatment, not punishment.

And then I thought about my own three children and how I would feel if they were injured in some way by a criminal who SHOULD be in jail but who wasn’t because of this judge.

I agree that there should be treatment available for those in prison who need it, but it doesn’t mean that they also shouldn’t serve the time they deserve. If a guy commits murder out of rage, does that mean that since he needs anger management classes he shouldn’t be held accountable to serve a considerable amount of time in prison? Obviously not! Get him the counseling he needs WHILE he serves his time.

Doesn’t our legal system have both sides,…punishment AND rehabilitation/treatment?

Why does this judge believe it has to be all or nothing?

In one of the amazingly short-sighted, illogical statements the judge has now made in defending himself, he says:

“The maximum sentence of life in prison sought to ensure public safety should Mr. Hulett fail in or refuse treatment during the first 10-year term.”

Notice the “should Mr. Hulett (the child rapist/pedophile/molester) fail in or refuse treatment…” How would this guy “fail” in his treatment? HE WOULD MOLEST ANOTHER CHILD! That is the only way that it would be evident that he was failing.

So who’s the lucky kid who gets to be this guys next victim? I know, how about Judge Cashman’s own child or grandchild. If the judge believes so strongly in treatment, he won’t have any trouble putting his own family up as collateral against such a stupid gamble!

Update: Looks like this judge is getting lots of heat, even in Vermont people have a limit for liberal schmaltz. [HT: Pearcey Report]

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