Friday, January 13, 2006

Impeach Judge Cashman!

A lot of you may be aware of this story but it is too important and too outrageous not to give some attention too. Vermont District Court Judge Edward Cashman gave an admitted child rapist a sentence of 60 days in jail. 60 DAYS!!! Martha Stewart spent more time in jail than that. The child rapist, Mark Hulett, confessed to repeatedly raping the girl from the time she was 7 until she was 11 yrs. old. He essentially stole her childhood and he gets 60 days!!

What was Judge Cashman's insane reasoning? A World Net Daily article quotes him as saying: "he no longer believes in punishment and is more concerned now about rehabilitation." Well, guess what? If that is your philosophy than being a judge isn't for you anymore and you should go into social service work.

Bill O'Reilly has been fired up on this issue and I am with him 100%. He is urging people to contact the Governor and lawmakers to impeach Judge Cashman. Human services Secretary Michael Smith reclassified Hulett so he can now be eligible for in-prison rehabilitation. As a result prosecutors are going into court today to ask Cashman for a new sentence. I pray that happens but even if it does I want this judge gone. Children in Vermont are not safe if this man is presiding over the cases of pedophiles.

In my humble opinion child molesters deserve the death penalty or at the very least life in prison. My compassion is for the victims not for the perpetrators. The rehabilitation rate for sex offenders is very low so I'm not willing to put other children at risk by letting them out to repeat offend.

Judge gives child-rapist 60-day sentence
New Sentence possible for '60-day child rapist'


Lone Pony said...

I was pretty upset after reading this. I was going to mention the rehabilitation rate, but you did. This judge needs to go. Thanks for the story.

stuffle said...

I had heard about this guy. RG had a post on this comparing this sentence to the sentence a guy got for attacking a moose.

If Cashman no longer believes in punishment, he has no business as a judge. The punishment may or may not rehabilitate (most likely not). But that is not the point. The point is justice, and receiving a just punishment fitting the crime.

It reminds me of a constant debate we have here in Milwuakee about what to do with all the released sex offenders. I have an idea: stop releasing them...

Assorted Babble by Suzie said...

Oh My Lord, you and I are thinking just a like. With all the mess lately this has been on the forefront for me reporting on. I have already written the governor and yes it is outragous....beyond comprehension. I have been keeping up with it every night with Bill. Our feelings are the same....about the judges and the predators out there. As you know being an advocate about passing tougher laws to protect our children...I could ramble on forever on this subject. I do pray today...action will be taken.

Distractions should not have kept me from reporting this....Thank you for getting the word out as you are doing. You are a wonderful person....thank you.

sandy said...

We need judges that remember what prisons are for or at least what they should be for.

Prisons are for punishment and to remove harmful people from the general population.

At least,IMHO, that is the original purpose for them.

Mark said...

Every time I read a story like this, I think maybe Judges and lawyers aren't so smart after all.

You don't have to be the head checker down at the Walmart to get on the internet and do some basic research.

Pedophiles cannot be rehabilitated. The most you can hope for is that they recognise they have a problem and try very hard not to fall into temptation again. That's all.

I have done some extensive research on this.

The rehabilitation rate is 0%. The recidivism rate is a little better than that. Pnce in a while they don't re-offend, but no one knows who will and who won't. The best thing to do is lock them up and throw away the key.

juanitagf said...

I'm with Fred on this one!

Dionne said...

Suzie: Thanks, right back at ya!!
I was going to combine this post with some other things but decided to give it the attention it deserved.

Sandy: Exactly!!

Mark: That is the problem. A very low # are fixable and I'm not willing to take the chance. Obviously our society needs to be involved in preventive measures but once it happens--life in prison.

Jgf: It is hard to find any kind of justice for what these sick people do.

Mr. Grey Ghost said...

Well I dont believe in the death penalty, but when I heard about this story a few days ago I was just as outraged. This isn't a partisan issue, this is about total and utter incompetence. I know that judges cant be removed based on deciions we dont like, but what this judge did was criminal. There has to be some way to get him off the bench so I keep O'Reilly keeps pushing the issue.

Gayle said...

I'm sorry. I do believe in the death penalty for pedophiles because I have been a victim. It steals a child's childhood forever! It's something that can never be made up for, and the childhood can never be given back. It is another form of murder: A murder of a childhood.

Impeachment is to good for this son of a (expletive deleted)! But the fact of the matter is, he will probably die of old age while still on the bench. ARRRRGGGGHHH!

Dionne said...

GG: I agree that you can't remove judges for decisions that you don't like but when it comes to a judge's philosophy being corrupt thats when something needs to be done. This judge doesn't believe in punishment anymore, Hello????? My husband and I were talking about it and he's like isn't that the definition of a judge's job to hand out punishments???

This is similar to the Schiavo case in that the judge is proving to be incompetent. I'm not for removing judges on a whim but these 2 need to go in my opinion.

Gayle: Exactly!!! I think this guy might have crossed the line though and may go. The Governor and the legislation are already putting pressure on him to resign and Fox News was saying that is very rare. Usually the legislators don't like to touch judgeships. It will be interesting. Bill O'reilly isn't letting go of it anytime soon.

shoprat said...

Rehabilitation needs to be preceded by repentance. Without repentance rehabilitation is wasted effort and worse than doing nothing.

Assorted Babble by Suzie said...

You definitely did the right thing...that is for sure. I can't believe the news last night again on this. Assuming you heard all the interviews, statements and references to it. Hopefully he will be pushed now...and then the other issue of removal.

Crazy Politico said...

Impeachment is the best thing the guy deserves. What a character he is.

Rebekah said...

I also heard him quoted as saying "prison will only harden this fellow".
Don't you think someone who would rape a seven year-old is already "hardened"???

Dionne said...

Shoprat: You are so right!

Suzie: I missed the coverage last night but sent all my emails, including one to the Judge himself. Hoping to get an update on what is happening with it soon.

Rebekah: Exactly!!!!!!!!

CP: Yep.