Sunday, January 22, 2006

VT Sex Offender Sentence Controversy

I have been appalled by the political posturing in the wake of the controversial sex-offender sentence Vermont Judge Cashman recently issued. The law would not allow the offender to receive treatment in jail, so the judge made the best decision he could with a poorly written law by giving a relatively short jail term and mandating treatment. I don't have much problem with the judgement; I have a problem with the how the law is written.

Calls for the judge's resignation by state legislators and the governor himself should be seen as what they are--attempts to turn outrage over the sex offender's light jail term into personal political advantage.

2 Comments:

At 8:29 AM, Anonymous Paul said...

This is a subject that needs to be addressed. Having sex offenders walking the street is dangerous.

 
At 2:02 AM, Blogger Michael said...

You only need to look what happened at Virginia Tech after a Judge released the shooter in 2005 to seek out patient treatment for mental illness.

 

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