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Ancient portrait of of Alfred V. and Bidermann du Pont's family
Being a descendent of this family comes with a convenient get-out-of-jail-free card.
In case you wondered if there were two different justice systems in this country, consider this.

Start with Robert H. Richards IV, an unemployed man who nevertheless has two million-dollar homes. He can do that sort of thing because he's a du Pont heir, and despite the horrors of the "death tax," he's still mooching his entire life without doing anything productive because of his family lineage.

Then consider how truly horrible of a person he is:

The lawsuit filed by Richards' ex-wife accuses him of admitting to sexually abusing his infant son between 2005 and 2007, the same period when he abused his daughter starting when she was 3 [...]

According to the arrest warrant filed by a New Castle County Police Detective JoAnna Burton in December 2007, the girl, then 5, told her grandmother, Donna Burg, that Richards sexually abused her.

Burg said the child reported that her father told her it was "our little secret" but said she didn't want "my daddy touching me anymore."

According to his ex-wife in that lawsuit, Richards would penetrate his three-year-old daughter with his fingers while masturbating. Horrifying, right? But hey, serially raping just one child is apparently not so horrible if you're a rich white guy.
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.

Holy crap, prison adversely affects people sentenced to it? Pass the smelling salts! I'm sure the next time a low-level drug offender passes through her court, she will make sure that the defendant doesn't suffer the adverse effects of prison time.
The fact that Jurden expressed concern that prison wasn't right for Richards came as a surprise to defense lawyers and prosecutors who consider her a tough sentencing judge.
Oh well, never mind. One system for the white, rich, deranged parasite to society, another for everyone else. We can't have people of certain genetic stock inconvenienced in prison.

Originally posted to kos on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 10:37 AM PDT.

Also republished by House of LIGHTS and Daily Kos.

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