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Re: Sixty days

By on 1.16.06 | 8:43PM

Jed: If it were true that pedophiles have a nearly 100% recidivism rate, then it wouldn't really matter if Hulett were released in 60 days or 20 years, since he'd be all but guaranteed to prey on another kid. Indeed, getting him on easy-to-break parole, making it possible to impose a life sentence without him actually hurting another child, would be ideal. Fortunately, that's not true at all.

Here's some data on the subject. The most pessimistic study cited shows a 53% recidivism rate for child molesters. And while the data isn't quite conclusive, there is indeed some evidence that treatment makes a significant difference.

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Re: Sixty Days

By on 1.16.06 | 6:08PM

John: It is absolutely not any more complicated in any respect. It's absurd to say, as the judge did, that he is more concerned with rehabilitation than punishment. This judge and his apologists are setting up the idea that this man is susceptible of rehabilitation, which is contrary to ALL the available data. The incidence of recidivism in pedophiles is nearly 100%, regardless of treatment, counseling, clay modeling or singing Kumbaya in group therapy. What purpose does our criminal justice system serve if not to protect the innocent -- especially the defenseless -- from those who will do them harm?

The judge had an obligation to take this animal off the streets. He didn't do so. That judge is allowing a convicted child rapist out on the streets again to victimize more children in less time than a shoplifter might serve in jail. The sentence should be -- and, I expect will be -- and the judge removed from the bench forthwith. If I had small children and this animal were roaming around, I couldn't let those kids out of my sight. Should that be my burden?

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Re: Sixty days

By on 1.16.06 | 5:44PM

Careful there, Jed. The story's a bit more complicated than that.

Because Hulett was a first-time offender, Corrections Department officials told the judge that he wouldn't receive sex-offender treatment while in prison. The judge worried that without treatment, Hulett would go on to abuse more children as soon as he was let out of jail. He set the sentence at a 60-day minimum so that Hulett could be released under stringent conditions, including a treatment requirement. The judge made some mush-headed comments about "punishment" not being important, but his basic contention that sex-offenders need therapy isn't wrong.

Now that the state is offering Hulbett treatment in jail, one expects that the judge will reconsider the sentence.

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Sixty days

By on 1.16.06 | 4:35PM

That's how long a Vermont judge gave convicted child rapist Mark Hulett for repeatedly raping a little girl. To say this is a disgrace to the legal system is to understate its importance and the injustice of it by several orders of magnitude. the judge should be removed from the bench forthwith. He is unfit for the job.

The best comment on this legal horror was made by a writer to John Gibson's show on FNC. The gent, having survived the Alito hearings, wrote last week that it seemed the sentence was shorter than a Joe Biden question. 'Tis sad, 'tis true. 'Tis true, 'tis sad.

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Indy Radio

By on 1.16.06 | 4:09PM

I'm subbing for Greg Garrison tomorrow on his WIBC show broadcast in the Indianapolis area, 9-12 EST. And not only because TAS has Indiana roots but because his story in today's NY Sun is a real grabber, RET will be one of our guests. See ya on the radio tomorrow am.

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Monologues at Catholic Colleges

By on 1.16.06 | 3:35PM

There's been much to-do at the University of Notre Dame for its allowing the presentation of the Vagina Monologues, and a Queer Film Festival. President Fr. John Jenkins will be delve into the controversy next Tuesday, January 24 in an address titled, "Academic Freedom and Catholic Character." Unless he's announcing that Notre Dame is cancelling such events in the future, this may be an empty teaching moment.

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Typical Boy Clinton

By on 1.16.06 | 2:01PM

The thing I noted about what sources told me about the Barrett Report was that this was typical Clinton. He nominates a man with a dubious record to his cabinet and then they all just obstruct justice to get him in. Cisneros lies about his sex life, about payments to his paramours, about his income, and about his taxes to the IRS -- all under oath. Then Clinton's administration assists him in his cover-up before the IRS and an Independent Counsel. They stall the Independent Counsel and complain that the IC is taking so long. Is there anything new here?

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“A Group of Liberals”

By on 1.16.06 | 1:46PM

Like it or not, that's how news radio station WMAL in D.C. is reporting Al Gore's crowd. Associating with the crowd is going to cost the conservative/libertarian allies at the event.

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Shadegg and the Spirit of 1888

By on 1.16.06 | 1:38PM

Let the balloting go on and on and on for the leadership posts in the GOP on February 2. Five ballots at least, perhaps a dozen: let the haranguing and back-stair deals climb and climb. Why? Because a secret ballot and the release of all pledges by the second ballot ensures that the best man will win out on the basis of his vision, his temper, his nerve.

Look at the example of the surprisingly spirited 1888 Republican National Convention at Chicago, long before the so-called state primary contests -- which are truly national media gabfests voted upon by a fraction of the party in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and other small states -- had made the delegates irrelevant. The 1888 delegates arrived in need of a candidate to go up against the strangely protectionist and obstuse incumbent Grover Cleveland, who had beaten the railroad machine candidate of James G. Blaine in 1884 after the infamous "Rum, Romanism and Rebellion" quote late in the contest.

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NYT Photo Props

By on 1.16.06 | 1:29PM

The New York Times is playing fast and loose (hat tip: Michelle Malkin) with photo captioning. I demand a comprehensive review of all Iraq photos in the Times since the beginning of the war!

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