Rich White Guy Rapes his Daughter, Walks Free

Steve Kinsman By Steve Kinsman, 1st Apr 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2r2bs2kt/
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In a case that reveals how selectively we prosecute crime in this country according to a person's means, the unthinkable has happened: setting a child rapist free because he is a member of the DuPont clan.

Richard H. Richards IV, child rapist

Richard H. Richards, IV, a wealthy heir of the DuPont fortune, has received a sentence of probation for raping his three-year-old daughter. Delaware Superior Court Judge Jan Jurden evidently considered some very unique circumstances in bending over backwards to see Richards would receive no jail time, since in virtually every similar case the offender usually receives a long prison sentence, often as long as life without the possibility of parole.

Yes, Virginia, the rich, to paraphrase Scott Fitzgerald, are very different from you and me, and they are also treated very differently from the way you and I are treated. If you or I were to rape one of our infant daughters we would without a doubt be locked up for the rest of our lives.

Superior Court judge Jan Jurden, in sentencing Richards to probation but no jail time, observed that "he will not fare well" in prison and needed treatment instead of time behind bars. That observation was questioned by prosecutors, who said the judge's rationale was "rare and puzzling." Some said that her view that treatment is a better idea than prison is a justification normally used for drug offenders, not child rapists. In fact, prosecutors are doubly surprised at Judge Jurgen's action since she is known as a tough sentencing judge. "It's an extremely rare circumstance that prison serves the inmate well," remarked Delaware Public Defender Brendan J. O'Neill, whose office represents people who cannot afford a lawyer. "Prison is to punish, to segregate the offender from society, and the notion that prison serves people well hasn't proven to be true in most circumstances."

O'Neill says that he has often argued that a defendant was too ill or frail for prison, but he has never seen a judge use that argument as a "reason not to send someone to jail."

It is unconscionable that wealthy people in this nation can get away with behavior that would imprison the rest of us for the remainder of our lives.

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Donald Pennington
1st Apr 2014 (#)

Frankly, I don't care whether he would handle prison well and hope the county coroner finds an excuse to remove the "judge" from the bench. Too easily bribed, I think.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Apr 2014 (#)

Patently disgusting, isn't it?

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author avatar Donald Pennington
5th Apr 2014 (#)

Heartbreaking.

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author avatar spirited
2nd Apr 2014 (#)

His name reminds me of the comic character, Richy Rich.

We never did see what that boy grew up into, but I think it would not be a monster like this one.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
2nd Apr 2014 (#)

Money talks BS walks in our justice system and shows its flaws.

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
2nd Apr 2014 (#)

Good evening, Steve, several things, most important being, it is a travesty of justice for this man to get this sentence. Everything else I think about it, I would have to censor. Thank you for the article. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
2nd Apr 2014 (#)

If you're filthy rich in this country it can keep you out of a whole lot of trouble. Thanks for commenting Marilyn.

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author avatar Donald Pennington
5th Apr 2014 (#)

Compared o the rich, we pro folk see no justice.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
2nd Apr 2014 (#)

Only in this lifetime Steve .
There is a Higher Judge , and He judges justly ...
Bless you
Stella ><

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author avatar Retired
2nd Apr 2014 (#)

At least God will judge him rightly. . .

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author avatar Retired
2nd Apr 2014 (#)

It's obvious. . .money talks. . .

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
2nd Apr 2014 (#)

Exactly.

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author avatar M G Singh
4th Apr 2014 (#)

Money talks. Very sad indeed

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
5th Apr 2014 (#)

Yes it is. And very corrupt.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th Apr 2014 (#)

The rich has ways to stay above the law as they have the means to find loopholes that sounds bizarre to people with commonsense. Another instance of one law for the poor and another for the rich - siva

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
15th Apr 2014 (#)

Indeed it is. Thanks for commenting Siva. I appreciate it.

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author avatar joyalariwo
15th Apr 2014 (#)

No matter how hugely she was bribed or even blackmailed....? as a woman that judge should've known better... can she dare to look onto the face of another child without hanging her head in shame?

If only she had done the right thing, right now she would've being dubbed the incorruptible judge or perhaps even a saint.

It just sickens me the depravity of mankind, the levels some would go to slake that thing called lust,
these "persons" are worse than the most hideous of beasts and not fit to be called human.

The one who should be protecting his little one, turns out to be the stalking predator with a vengeance!

My heart goes to the little one, may she find peace soonest and hopefully justice in the nearest future.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
15th Apr 2014 (#)

I totally agree joyalariwo. Thanks for commenting.

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