Judge Edward Cashman of Vermont has many people shaking their heads in wonder at the wisdom of handing a confessed serial rapist a 60-day sentence in
order for him to start receiving counselling as soon as possible. Mark Hulett's victim is a six-year-old girl he has been sexually abusing for four
years. Prosecutors are asking that the judge reconsider his ruling and impose the maximum 8 to 20 year sentence. Activists are calling for the judge
to step down or be impeached.
60-Day Sentence For Child Rapist May Get Judge Impeached
A Vermont judge known for being soft on crime went too far by issuing a 60-day sentence to a man who confessed to raping a 6-year-old girl repeatedly
over four years and state legislators are finally calling for his impeachment. One state senator, Wendy Wilton, said in a television appearance that
people believe the judge "has flipped his lid."
Even longtime politician friends of the Burlington district court judge, Edward Cashman, were outraged with the sentence with one state congressman
accusing the judge of violating his constitutional oath of office as a judge.
The judge's explanation for the offensively light sentence is that the child rapist, 34-year-old Mark Hulett, could not receive sex offender
treatment while in prison.
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I am among the outraged at this travesty of justice!
Why can't we put this animal away forever and concentrate our efforts on the little girl, the victim? What was this judge thinking when he made this
ruling? It is completely unsupportable, imo, and must be overturned. This horrendous perpetrator invited a friend over to participate in the heinous
acts he visited on this defenseless child, and the judge thinks 60 days and counselling is going to straighten him out?
The judge says, in defense of his ruling, that anger isn't going to solve anything. Maybe not, but hard time and solitary confinement is what this
scumbag needs, imo, at the very least. Emasculation also comes to mind.
Let the little girl have the counselling and the benefits of the system, she is really the one who needs it.
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[edit on 18-1-2006 by Icarus Rising]