Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Too Rich to Go to Jail

I suppose most of you have, by now, heard the story of du Pont heir Robert H. Richards.  Richards confessed to repeatedly raping his three year old daughter, after he failed a lie detector test.  The sentence?

"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..."

As if poor people do just fine in prison.  Here, by the way is a photo of Mr. Richards:
Could the guy look any more the part?  Anyway, on with the story:

"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..."

This became public a few days ago, so I'm not really reporting the story as news, but rather to point something out:  There is one thing which seems to me to be overwhelmingly likely, but in all the justified outrage over the decision, not one report that I have seen dares to mention it.  This man is very rich.  How can we not suspect that he has successfully bribed the judge and/or prosecutor?  The finances of both should be torn apart and run under a microscope.  Until this is done to my satisfaction, I will never believe that such an unjust thing could happen merely as a result of judicial stupidity.

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