A Judge Who No Longer Believes In Punishment?

This story from (big surprise) Vermont has been getting a lot of play in the blogosphere:

“There was outrage Wednesday when a Vermont judge handed out a 60-day jail sentence to a man who raped a little girl many,many times over a four-year span starting when she was seven.

The judge said he no longer believes in punishment and is more concerned about rehabilitation.

Prosecutors argued that confessed child-rapist Mark Hulett, 34, of Williston deserved at least eight years behind bars for repeatedly raping a littler girl countless times starting when she was seven.

But Judge Edward Cashman disagreed explaining that he no longer believes that punishment works.

“The one message I want to get through is that anger doesn’t solve anything. It just corrodes your soul,” said Judge Edward Cashman speaking to a packed Burlington courtroom. Most of the on-lookers were related to a young girl who was repeatedly raped by Mark Hulett who was in court to be sentenced.

The sex abuse started when the girl was seven and ended when she was ten. Prosecutors were seeking a sentence of eight to twenty years in prison, in part, as punishment.

…Judge Cashman also revealed that he once handed down stiff sentences when he first got on the bench 25 years ago, but he no longer believes in punishment.

“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,”Cashman explained to the people in the court.

The sentence outraged the victim’s family who asked not to be identified.”

A judge who doesn’t believe in punishment? Isn’t that like a soldier who doesn’t believe in killing people or a maid who thinks it’s a waste of time to clean? Any judge who doesn’t believe in handing out punishment is in the wrong profession and isn’t fit to serve on the bench.

So, isn’t it time for Cashman to retire?

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