A 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.
Superior Court 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.
Goes to show that money will get you out of anything.
Judge Jurdan's info page: http://courts.delawa...ile_jjurden.stm
And she has apparently hired security now after this decision ... http://www.usatoday....-child/7247883/
Their excuse for giving him a light sentence was the fact that they didn't have enough evidence. Admission of a crime does not require evidence. Even with that, 4th degree rape can bring up to 15 years in prison, yet he only got probation.