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Affluenza?

Robert H. Richards IV was convicted of rape in 2009, the wealthy heir to the du Pont family fortune was spared prison by a Delaware court because he would “not fare well” behind bars, according to court documents.

Richards received an eight-year prison sentence in 2009 for raping his three year old daughter, but the sentencing order signed by a Delaware judge said “defendant will not fare well” in prison and the eight years were suspended. Richards was placed on eight years’ probation and ordered to get treatment and register as a sex offender, the documents show. He was also prohibited from having contact with children under 16, including his own children.

The documents were never sealed, yet the ruling managed to go unnoticed until March, when Richards’ former wife, Tracy Richards, filed a lawsuit in Delaware Superior Court on behalf of their children alleging “personal injuries arising from the childhood sexual abuse.” The 11-page suit alleges that not only was their daughter abused, but Richards also abused a 19 month old son, during the same period. While he was convicted of raping his daughter, Richards has never been charged with sexually molesting his son.

This week, after news of Richards’ 2009 case came to light, many took to social media to criticize the judge in the case, saying that it echoed a recent Texas case in which a wealthy teenager driving drunk killed four people but received no jail time. Ethan Couch was sentenced last year to 10 years’ probation. A witness in Couch’s case claimed the teenager was a victim of “affluenza” — the product of wealthy, privileged parents who never set limits for the boy.

Do you think the punishment fit the crime in this case or Do you think this is case of the wealthy receiving preferential treatment?

Democrat Top Post

I don't know enough about either of these cases to comment on whether they received preferential treatment or not, but I will say that Not everyone who has committed a crime needs to be locked up in jail for the rest of their life. Our prison system is overflowing, when most of these people should be rehabbed then released so they can become a productive person in our society.

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What do you think?

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  • 10 days ago Jill

    I find it difficult to classify this felon. When a child is three years of age, 'rape' seems an inappropriate label for such physical torture. Since the child was his daughter, his should have been prosecuted as a case of incest, and not sexual abuse of a minor. I didn't follow the case, and don't know any details, but I think Rainbowtree made s

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  • 11 days ago rainbowtree

    rainbowtree I don't know enough about either of these cases to comment on whether they received preferential treatment or not, but I will say that Not everyone who has committed a crime needs to be locked up in jail for the rest of their life. Our prison system is overflowing, when most of these people should be rehabbed then released so they can become a prod

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  • 11 days ago rainbowtree

    rainbowtree I don't know enough about either of these cases to comment on whether they received preferential treatment or not, but I will say that Not everyone who has committed a crime needs to be locked up in jail for the rest of their life. Our prison system is overflowing, when most of these people should be rehabbed then released so they can become a prod

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  • 10 days ago Jill

    I find it difficult to classify this felon. When a child is three years of age, 'rape' seems an inappropriate label for such physical torture. Since the child was his daughter, his should have been prosecuted as a case of incest, and not sexual abuse of a minor. I didn't follow the case, and don't know any details, but I think Rainbowtree made s

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  • 11 days ago rainbowtree

    rainbowtree I don't know enough about either of these cases to comment on whether they received preferential treatment or not, but I will say that Not everyone who has committed a crime needs to be locked up in jail for the rest of their life. Our prison system is overflowing, when most of these people should be rehabbed then released so they can become a prod

    » Read More
  • 10 days ago Jill

    I find it difficult to classify this felon. When a child is three years of age, 'rape' seems an inappropriate label for such physical torture. Since the child was his daughter, his should have been prosecuted as a case of incest, and not sexual abuse of a minor. I didn't follow the case, and don't know any details, but I think Rainbowtree made s

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Republican Top Post

Are people supposed to fare well in jail? I could think of a much better punishment for idiots like these two and two bullets would be much cheaper. Cases like these are one of many reasons why crime is out of control in this country. Someone commits a crime spends very little to no time in jail and is release back out into the public to continue on with committing crimes. On average 53% of prisoners are re-incarcerated. Obviously something isn't working.

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  • 10 days ago Klang

    This should not be labeled affluenzza this is just the same old double standard. Anyone with money or of certain status receives preferred treatment. This has been going on for years and will never change. Even if these type of people are convicted they are never placed in the general public of incarceration. These people are delusional and have no

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  • 14 days ago whatwouldReagando

    whatwouldReagando Are people supposed to fare well in jail? I could think of a much better punishment for idiots like these two and two bullets would be much cheaper. Cases like these are one of many reasons why crime is out of control in this country. Someone commits a crime spends very little to no time in jail and is release back out into the public to continue o

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  • 14 days ago whatwouldReagando

    whatwouldReagando Are people supposed to fare well in jail? I could think of a much better punishment for idiots like these two and two bullets would be much cheaper. Cases like these are one of many reasons why crime is out of control in this country. Someone commits a crime spends very little to no time in jail and is release back out into the public to continue o

    » Read More
  • 10 days ago Klang

    This should not be labeled affluenzza this is just the same old double standard. Anyone with money or of certain status receives preferred treatment. This has been going on for years and will never change. Even if these type of people are convicted they are never placed in the general public of incarceration. These people are delusional and have no

    » Read More
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  • 14 days ago whatwouldReagando

    whatwouldReagando Are people supposed to fare well in jail? I could think of a much better punishment for idiots like these two and two bullets would be much cheaper. Cases like these are one of many reasons why crime is out of control in this country. Someone commits a crime spends very little to no time in jail and is release back out into the public to continue o

    » Read More
  • 10 days ago Klang

    This should not be labeled affluenzza this is just the same old double standard. Anyone with money or of certain status receives preferred treatment. This has been going on for years and will never change. Even if these type of people are convicted they are never placed in the general public of incarceration. These people are delusional and have no

    » Read More

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