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Sean Hannity Dictates To The Vermont Legislature

Reported by Ellen - January 11, 2006

As predicted, Sean Hannity has decided what the State of Vermont should do about a judge he doesn’t like and he is demanding that they do it.

In a follow-up to a discussion last week, Hannity & Colmes last night (1/10/06) hosted Vermont State Representative Kurt Wright (R), who is sponsoring legislation to force District Court Judge Edward Cashman to step down following his controversial decision sentencing a child-raper to 60 days in jail. Actually, Judge Cashman gave the rapist three years to life, but suspended all but 60 days because the state said he would not receive treatment in prison. If he rejects treatment or neglects other parts of his sentencing, he faces life in prison. But that fact is never mentioned by Hannity who seems more interested in dictating what Vermont should do than he is in having any real discussion about the issues of criminal sentencing, rape or child abuse.

While Alan Colmes raised a number of concerns about a legislature taking action against a judge – questions about separation of powers, whether a judge should be removed over one decision, whether judges should be forced to “look over their shoulder” when they make decisions that are politically unpopular – Hannity had one interest and one interest only: Making sure his wishes were carried out by the state of Vermont.

Hannity, in full Hanctimoniousness, first dramatically declared that the judge’s decision was outrageous. Then he told Wright what should be done. “Here’s the more important issue. Representative, you’ve got to remove him. I’ve read that there’s impeachment possibility out here. This is not about, you know, trying to get him to resign because he clearly said he’s not going to. The legislature of Vermont must take affirmative steps to remove this man from office. Will you do that?”

A clearly uncomfortable Rep. Wright expressed doubt that there’d be enough support from the rest of the legislature.

Waving his pen, Hannity commanded, “Then let the voters of Vermont know that they’re letting – that this guy’s letting a rapist out in their midst and he’s circumventing the law and he’s ruling by judicial fiat and it’s beyond outrageous.”

Comment: I think it’s beyond outrageous that a talk show host would even think about dictating to a legislature or that a “real journalism” network would let him do it.


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