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, who is unemployed and supported by a trust fund, owns a 5,800-square-foot mansion in Greenville he bought for $1.8 million in 2005. He also lists a home in the exclusive North Shores neighborhood near Rehoboth Beach, according to the state's sex abuse registry. His great-grandfather is du Pont family patriarch Irenee du Pont, and his father is Robert H. Richards III, a retired partner in the Richards Layton & Finger law firm.My high school history teacher liked to point out the golden rule. He who has the gold, makes the rules. Another of his sayings was "if you've got the cash, its your bash". Apparently both of those sayings hold true here.
Robert Richards lives off of a trust fund that was started generations ago. Good for him. Having expensive houses, enjoying the ability to travel, buying cool stuff, and the things that unearned wealth could get him wasn't good enough. With that kind of money I suspect he could buy whatever kinky kinds of sex he could want. He was beyond that and he was bored. So he started having sex with kids. It wasn't that the kids were the underage teens who look like and pass themselves off as adults. I could excuse that, at least legally.
The target of his perversion were young kids, prepubescent children, preschool children. They were 3 or 4 years old. They were his own kids, his own flesh and blood.
The judge gave him probation. Stating that "he will not fare well in prison".
I agree with the judge. He won't fare well in prison. They will beat him, rape him and in all likelihood kill him. That is what happened to Jeffry Dahmer. That is what has happened to others that have done what Richards did.
I'd hate to see that happen to Richards.
What I'd like to see is a criminal justice system that would take Richards out and hang him by the neck until dead, in a public televised execution. Preferably this would happen on a scaffold erected on the front lawn of his own home.
That's what I'd like: A justice system that delivers justice. Second best would be criminals doing what the court should have done.
There is of course a third possibility one that the judge may be aware of. The crime for which Richards was convicted was a 4th degree CSC charge. Richards wife is the one at the center of criminal charges as well as the center of a lawsuit.
I'm going to entertain some hypothetical thinking:
Hypothetically: Richards trust and/or prenup states the wife gets nothing in a divorce.
Hypothetically: The wife is unhappy.
Hypothetically: She made the whole CSC charge up as a way to score some cash and lose the husband.
Hypothetically: The judge knows all of this and knows that the conviction is a miscarriage of justice as would be any sentence.
If the above is true it brings me back to, "That's what I'd like: A justice system that delivers justice".