Carol Platt Liebau: Setting the Record Straight

Friday, February 03, 2006

Setting the Record Straight

Here is the truth behind the account about the judge who sentenced a pedophile to a 60-day sentence. Sixty days was the minimum, given to prevent the pedophile from withdrawing his plea (as he could have, had he received a sentence of more than 90 days).

I discussed this back in December on Baltimore's WBAL, based on the erroneous newspaper accounts at the time.


Blogger dodger said...

Judge Cashman imposed an incarcerative sentence of 60 days to 10 years to serve for the first count, a consecutive probationary sentence of 5 years to life on the second count and a consecutive probationary 2- to 5-year sentence on the third count. Thus the statement that the judge “sentenced him to just 60 days in prison” was incorrect"

I admit to having trouble reading what things really say but this seems to really say that the judge “sentenced him to just 60 days in prison.”

8:35 AM  
Blogger Pat said...

Yes, I'm just a tad suspicious of this part:

"While it did make clear that Cashman’s sentence “could incarcerate Hulett for the rest of his life if he fails to obtain counseling or otherwise follow instructions,” it made it seem like it was certain that the defendant would be freed in 60 days."

Okay, maybe it's uncertain; what were the conditions under which he could be released in 60 days? If he got treatment?

And I'm struck by the oddity of the plea bargain, which could be withdrawn if the defendant got more than 90 days. If the prosecutor accepted that deal, shouldn't he have been agreeable with the sentence that was handed down? Is this some sort of "we'll make it seem like he got 60 days so he can't wiggle out of the plea agreement, but really he's getting a lot longer" bait and switch?

12:56 PM  

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