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  •  I assume in your first sentence you meant (5+ / 0-)

    "trial" and not "plea" -- right? Because of course there was a conviction on the plea to the single Class C count.

    At Richards' February 2009 sentencing, Hrivnak recommended probation, Biden's chief deputy Ian R. McConnel said, adding that in retrospect he wished she would have sought prison time. Hrivnak would not comment.

    It's in the linked article.

    The judge could certainly have rejected the plea, leading to a trial resting on the testimony of an extremely young child (or children, which is unclear). Assuming the mother was willing to go through with that and the prosecutor was willing to try it, Richards probably wouldn't have needed a high-priced lawyer to get an acquittal there. Your garden variety not-quite-an-idiot would do.

    This is not an uncommon course of events with molesters of very young children. Prosecutors choose some control over the person's behavior rather than risk acquittal. The judge imposed more controls than asked, and hung the prison sword of Damocles over him to boot.

    The confrontation clause is an inconvenience, no doubt, but there is no evidence that money had anything to do with this. A systematic study of Delaware sentences could certainly change my view on that, but right now, you've got nothing.

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