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#1 Old 01-16-2006, 04:42 AM
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Rapist's Prison Sentence Triggers Outrage



Burlington, Vermont -- January 4, 2005



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.





The rest: http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=4319605
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#2 Old 01-16-2006, 10:52 AM
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Wow ...... This judge is a complete idiot! Some judges are so out of touch with reality they should be removed .



That sentence is totally worthy of outrage .



I'm not for revenge and punishment as a goal but I am for keeping people who do these things 'out of circulation' for a lot longer than 60 days. Rehabilitation and future 24 hour surveillance for life should be mandatory in all cases. There should never be even a remote possibility of a re-offence.
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Agreed. ^ Rehabilitation, my ass...the's guy's a child rapist (for which many conclude there *is* no such thing as rehabilitation).



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I thought there was no proven rehabilitation for sex crimes, especially those involving children? How is this man low risk? I didn't think it would be possible for me to have less faith in the legal system...but apparently it is.
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What a joke

But I'm sure there will be someone on this board to come to his defense. "Everyone deserves a second chance" and all that
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60 days is a ridiculous sentence. That poor girl was tortured for 4 years and he gets 60 days...wtf???
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What a joke

But I'm sure there will be someone on this board to come to his defense. "Everyone deserves a second chance" and all that





Probbaly the same ones against prison. You know, just have the guy say "I'm sorry" and do joint counseling with his victim.
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The guy had plenty of time over the four years he was treating this poor kid as his sex slave to think about his actions. Put the ******* away forever. I'm less about punishing people out of some sense of vengeance than simply making sure they can't do it again.
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Wow. I am completely baffled. 60 days for 4 years of child rape, and a judge that does not believe in punishment. This must be a sign of the apocalypse.
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Rehabilitation? He's not even worth torturing. I'd just put him down.
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Burn him at the stake! Well, if this was the 1600's...
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I don't even have words for how sickened I am that this man is getting let off that easy.
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Could you imagine if all these rapists were let off so easy? This is so disturbing.



I'm not one that's big on prison, but if you're going to let criminals go free like this, do it with someone worth helping.
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Some more to the story..



"explanation" (the law is horribly flawed) as to why the guy was labeled "low risk: http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=4330770&nav=4QcS



response from the public:

http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=48340



government officials consider ways to change the sentence (later rebuffed by his lawyer as "illegal"..I believe he is correct there unfortunately)

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/ar...TICLE_ID=48303



more about the judge:

http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=4361611&nav=4QcS



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Hopefully he will be in with the general population and there will be some 'prison' justice for him.

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That. pisses me off.



Maybe they should look into what the judge is doing ;/
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They should cut his "appendage" off and feed it to him.
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If this were China a few centuries ago..there's a punishment involving a stick of glass, a hammer, and a rapist's "appendage" that would work quite nicely.



That's just my thought though. I'm really quite bitter about rapists and child molestors. It's a good thing I'm not a judge because I have absolutely no sympathy for those types whatsoever.
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He's considered low-risk because he molested a neighbor's child??? How is that low-risk in any way?



This is horrifying. People like that need to be kept away from children. Attempting rehabilitation is importan, IMO, but much less important than protecting the public.
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sex offenders are so difficult to rehab it is frightening. i have personal experience with them as a victim of a crime and i cannot understand the judge's thinking at least from what i have read here. pedophiles i think are supposedly the hardest types to cure or control. i think he is really misguided. even though i am not a big fan of prisons, there are some people that need to be taken out of circulation.
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death penalty, this guy can't be a part of society but maybe he can at least be a good organ donor.

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One would think that anyone who has repeatedly raped a child would automatically be a high risk sex offender.
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One would think that..but there's the problem right there. Some people don't think. At all.
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One would think that anyone who has repeatedly raped a child would automatically be a high risk sex offender.



exactly.
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Update:

Its still not long enough but its better than 60 days.

http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=4417230

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Its still not long enough but its better than 60 days.

http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=4417230

*facepalm* Just three years in jail for the four years of h*** the child suffered? No.
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Meh. There are more things in the world to be outraged over. No matter how severe a punishment he recieved would be undo the suffering the girl recieved. I'm not suggesting the sentence is just, but the entire system of dealing with sex offenders is f-ed up. The whole sex offender registry and tracking system isn't a good way to deal with the problem. If the crime is so severe and full rehabilitation is impossible, they should be placed somewhere where they can't harm anyone and be safe for themselves.
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im one of those people who feel that people who do things like this to the most innocent of creatures should be shot.



*shrug*

cry havoc! and let slip the dogs of war.
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This is the reason why trial by jury, although expensive, is important in trying cases such as this. I've never heard of a sentance as short as 60 days for any sexual offence crime, and I would expect one closer eight years for one relating to prolonged abuse concerning a minor. There is no defense for one act of child rape, let alone a multitude spread over three years.
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