A du Pont family heir plead guilty to raping his 3-year-old daughter in 2008.
From The Daily News:
Superior Judge Jan Jurden sentenced Richards to eight years in prison, but suspended the time for probation that requires monthly visits with a case officer. “Defendant will not fare well in [a prison] setting,” Jurden wrote in her sentencing order.
Well that's very sweet. Money does have its privileges. But as much as I'd love to go off on trust-fund babies, a large part of me says this judge did exactly the right thing: not send this guy to prison. Why? Because he will be killed in prison. The problem is that the state cannot protect its prisoners from being murdered. How could you, as a judge, knowing sentence someone to prison knowing they will be killed? Now were he killed, I wouldn't shed a tear, but still... if we as society want this guy to be executed, then we as society should have the balls to kill the guy. Legally. By the book. But to gleefully put a guy in locked cage knowing that convicts will do our murderous dirty work for us? For shame.
[The definition of "rape" has come to mean too things; here's the definition of 4th degree rape in Delaware.]
[hat tip to Jay Ackroyd]