VT Judge Reverses Himself, Extenders Child Molester’s Term


A Vermont judge who was criticized for giving a child molester a 60-day jail term today increased the man’s prison time to three to 10 years, reports the Associated Press. Judge Edward Cashman of Burlington said he imposed the longer sentence because the state had agreed to provide treatment to the man while he is behind bars. The state had initially said there would be no treatment until the man served his time. Mark Hulett, 34, admitted to charges that he had sexual contact with a girl during a four-year period beginning when she was 6.

Initially, Cashman said the best way to ensure public safety was to get Hulett out of prison so he could receive sex offender treatment. Gov. James Douglas called for the judge to resign and several lawmakers suggested he be impeached. On Fox News, Bill O’Reilly told viewers as video of Cashman rolled: “You may be looking at the worst judge in the USA.” Today, Cashman remained firm in his belief that sentences must be concerned with more than just punishment.

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/26/AR2006012600882.html

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