Friday, January 06, 2006

Judge Sentences Child Rapist to 60 Days in Jail

A 34 year-old predator named Mark Hulett, who admitted to repeatedly raping and severely traumatizing a 10 year-old girl over several years will spend a mere TWO MONTHS behind bars. At the time he pled guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual assault and one charge of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, Hulett was facing a maximum life sentence, but the state Corrections Department claimed that Hulett was a low risk. Judge Edward Cashman defended the puny sentence, saying it was the only way that Hulett would receive counseling. The victim's family said the sentence is a slap on the wrist.

"The one message I want to get through is that anger doesn't solve anything. It just corrodes your soul," said Judge Cashman speaking to a packed Burlington courtroom (most of the on-lookers were related to the young rape victim). "I discovered it accomplishes nothing of value; it doesn't make anything better; it costs us a lot of money; we create a lot of expectation, and we feed on anger."

I believe in forgiveness, but I also believe in public safety. I want child predators to go to jail for a long time, not because I want revenge on them, but because I don't want more kids being hurt. Does that make sense, Judge Cashman? Can you say "predator"? I knew that you could. And by the way, Judge... A child's safety, sanity and innocence are worth a HELL of a lot more than 2 months.

This is the kind of courtroom travesty that really warms my heart. I'm beginning to suspect that some of these lax judges may be pedophiles themselves. After all, American prisons are filled with nonviolent drug offenders rather than child rapists (who OFTEN receive NO jail time)! Remember the overplayed drug warrior mantra? How did that go, anyway? Oh yes... "We HAVE to protect the children!"

Protect them from what? Not from child rapists, of course, but marijuana smokers. If Mark Hulett had been caught growing marijuana rather than raping children, the courts would have likely sent him to prison for years, if not decades. Am I the only one out there who finds this disparity repugnant and sickening? This is not justice OR public safety.

Here's fifteen minutes of fame for Mark Hulett...












AND Judge Cashman. Don't they make a cute couple? Perhaps they could do sixty-days in jail TOGETHER. It could be the beginning of a beautiful, forgiving relationship. Who knows? They might even keep each other cozy!

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

And people wonder y we have sick people running around....

10:05 AM  

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