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April 3, 2014 - 5:00 pm

A Democrat-appointed Delaware judge one-upped the Texas judge who let a drunk driving teen off for “affluenza.” Judge Jan Jurden came up with a unique reason to let a convicted rapist out of having to go to prison for his crime.

A Superior Court judge who sentenced a wealthy du Pont heir to probation for raping his 3-year-old daughter noted in her order that he “will not fare well” in prison and needed treatment instead of time behind bars, court records show.

Judge Jan Jurden’s sentencing order for Robert H. Richards IV suggested that she considered unique circumstances when deciding his punishment for fourth-degree rape. Her observation that prison life would adversely affect Richards was a rare and puzzling rationale, several criminal justice authorities in Delaware said. Some also said her view that treatment was a better idea than prison is a justification typically used when sentencing drug addicts, not child rapists.

Richards is 6’4″ and over 250 pounds. He is a scion of the du Pont family. He is not ill or suffering from any ailments. He is unemployed, living on his family’s wealth. He owns two homes, one for which he paid $1.8 million in 2005. He’s doing quite well outside of prison.

He raped a little girl. And according to filings in his divorce, he admits to sexually abusing his infant son. Judge Jurden gave him 8 years in prison, then suspended the entire sentence with probation, and ordered him to get treatment. The entire 2009 case never made any news media until Richards’ wife filed a civil case against him this year.

O’Neill said the way the Richards case was handled might cause the public to be skeptical about “how a person with great wealth may be treated by the system.”

It’s just more evidence that there is one system of justice for the rich and connected, and another for everyone else — which is deeply un-American.

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Cross-posted from the PJ Tatler

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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What sets America apart from the dictatorships and banana republics is equality before the law. When a spoiled, rich perp commits a heinous crime, he should receive the same punishment as any other spoiled, rich perp who commits the same crime.
33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
He's obviously suffering from a lead deficiency. There's a pill for that.
33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
Actually, I believe that's called a bullet, not a pill. But they are similar enough that I can see where you'd get the two confused....
33 weeks ago
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I can think of only one type of therapy for a man who rapes his infant daughter. That therapy has the benefit of absolutely 0% chance of recidivism;)
33 weeks ago
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Did this case just take a really long time to come to trial or did his wife willingly conceive a child with him after he had molested his previous child?

That previous case took place in 2009 which is five years ago; the daughter is three years old. By my reckoning that means the daughter was conceived after the previous charges were laid. Who is sicker: the mother or the father?
33 weeks ago
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You know, its annoying to read the news every day and find that this country has become so monstrously evil at every level of society, and to see every level of government is completely corrupt, worthless and oppressive. We're becoming the USSR really, slowly, and in an American way which is much more comfortable and polite than the Russian way.
33 weeks ago
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Judge Jurden has one thing right; he WILL not fare well in prison once the general population discovers that he sexual savaged his own young children. I disagree with treatment in this case. Being returned to incarceration, he will do perfectly well serving as an example befitting such a base minion of hell....'>.......
33 weeks ago
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Judge Jurden has one thing right; he WILL not fare well in prison once the general population discovers that he sexual savaged his own young children.

We'll never know, will we? Unless he does something to get his parole revoked....
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