Judge Jan Jurden Sentences du Pont Heir, Robert H. Richards IV, Probation for Raping His 3 Year Old Daughter Because ‘He Would Not Fare Well’ in Prison


WTF … who cares whether this child rapist would fare well in prison or not!!! How could anyone call this Justice?

Judge Jan Jurden, a Superior Court judge needs to be thrown off the bench after her insane sentencing decision for a child rapist. Judge Jurdan unbelievably sentenced Robert H. Richards IV to probation for the rape and molestation of his then 3 year old daughter stating, he “will not fare well” in prison. WHAT!!! Prison is not meant to be nice, it is meant to be a punishment and to keep predators away from society. However, this misguided judge actually said that prison life would adversely affect Richards. What about the adverse affect that his daughter faces thanks to his rape? So what was the “unique circumstances” that the judge made her decision, his wealth?

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Robert H. Richards IV

A Superior Court judge who sentenced an heir to the du Pont fortune to probation for raping his 3-year-old daughter wrote in her order that he “will not fare well” in prison and suggested that he needed treatment instead of time behind bars, according to Delaware Online.

Court records show that in Judge Jan Jurden’s sentencing order for Robert H. Richards IV she considered unique circumstances when deciding his punishment for fourth-degree rape. Her observation that prison life would adversely affect Richards confused several criminal justice authorities in Delaware, who said that her view that treatment was a better idea than prison is typically used when sentencing drug addicts, not child rapists.

Jurden gave Richards, who had no previous criminal record, an eight-year prison term, but suspended all the prison time for probation.

According to the following site, Judge Jurden’s present term ends May 29, 2013. Not soon enough!!!

UPDATE I: Judge said du Pont heir ‘will not fare well’ in prison.

O’Neill said he and his deputies have often argued that a defendant was too ill or frail for prison, but he has never seen a judge cite it as a “reason not to send someone to jail.”

Richards was no frail defendant, court records show, listing him at 6 feet, 4 inches tall and between 250 and 276 pounds. Nor do court records cite any physical illnesses.

O’Neill said the way the Richards case was handled might cause the public to be skeptical about “how a person with great wealth may be treated by the system.”

Jurden, who has been a judge since 2001, and Superior Court President James T. Vaughn Jr. did not respond to questions last week about the case.

UPDATE II: Du Pont heir accused of raping 2nd child in lawsuit.

A du Pont family heir who raped his 3-year-old daughter nearly a decade ago but received no prison time now faces a lawsuit from his former wife that accuses him of sexually abusing his toddler son.

Robert H. Richards IV, 47, who is supported by a trust fund and who paid $1.8 million for his 5,800-square-foot mansion near Winterthur Museum, pleaded guilty in 2008 to fourth-degree rape of his daughter. Currently on probation, he has never been charged with crimes against his son.

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  • Comments

    19 Responses to “Judge Jan Jurden Sentences du Pont Heir, Robert H. Richards IV, Probation for Raping His 3 Year Old Daughter Because ‘He Would Not Fare Well’ in Prison”

    1. Dave on March 31st, 2014 9:41 am

      Absolutely disgusting. This judge should be ashamed to say the least.

    2. A Texas Grandfather on March 31st, 2014 10:13 am

      This is just another example of the two tier justice system practiced by our courts. Those with money can buy their way out of real justice, while those without fame or fortune cannot.

      A judge that allows such a sentence as this needs to be removed from the bench and given prison time for such a decision.

    3. exme2 on March 31st, 2014 5:58 pm
    4. Molly on March 31st, 2014 7:36 pm

      Where can I find the contact information for this piss-poor excuse for a judge?


    5. Rosemary Gard on March 31st, 2014 9:14 pm

      It is with great disappointment that I have read your decision concerning the Du Pont heir. It certainly makes you look as someone who has very poor judgement. It is people such as you who cause me to have little faith in the judicial system.

    6. sb on March 31st, 2014 9:40 pm

      this judge hopefully will be (edit) and suffer an agonizing death. Every rapist won’t fair well in jail. This millionaire scum probably payed this scum of the earth judge off. This should set a president so no future rapist will ever be jailed because they will not fair well in jail. This is how America is treating the lower class in the us. When will protests start? Sad to say the hippies weren’t afraid to protest but todays woosies are

    7. skelly on March 31st, 2014 10:24 pm

      Since when did the welfare of a pedophile take precedence over law. He is not meant to fare well in jail, anymore than he would have fared well out of jail had someone equal to his size and postiion faced off and shown him how to behave like a decent human being.
      His actions are vile and will have affected his child for life. Make no mistake. You should be ashamed to call yourself a legal representative = there is not law or justice in your call. Get off the bench and go work in a rape crisis centre and then see what you think. Actually, it may be worth looking into the judge’s background or financial records, to see if she hasn’t been paid off or blackmailed in some way because this judgement just doesn’t add up.

    8. Derek on April 1st, 2014 8:28 am

      Maybe the judge will fare better in prison. I recommend you to all take an activist stance rather than just post angry comments online. Rape has become a “fun crime” in the US because its so easy to rationalize it in the courtroom. We need to start removing the judges who enable this from the bench and putting THEM up for criminal charges. It’s highly likely this judge was bribed/coerced/connected to the accused/politically motivated/just plain depraved/etc.

      Rapists on the west coast routinely get off the hook for being black by saying the white victim “deserved it for being racist”. It’s practically a guaranteed way out of prison time while the victims entire life is permanently shattered. I see on the east coast you can simply buy your way out of prison time for rape or pretend to be “fragile”.

      How can anyone stomach living in a country where there’s a relatively small chance you will be punished at all for RAPE so long as you have something to fall back on like wealth, the race card, insanity pleas, endless appeals, etc.?

    9. Sigh ops on April 1st, 2014 10:42 am

      Standard Operating Procedure according to SRA whistle-blower Jay Parker. Google him. He was abused by his parents who taught school in that “neighborhood”. It’s good to be rich and twisted if you’re in the “Club”.

    10. David on April 1st, 2014 11:11 am

      You wouldn’t expect a superior court judge to give society the finger like that.

    11. Marie Cohoon on April 1st, 2014 1:03 pm

      I agree that jail time isn’t needed here. However, nailing him to the wall by his scrotum until dead does seem appropriate!

    12. Greer Garriton on April 1st, 2014 3:37 pm

      Please sign petition to recall Judge Jan Jurden on change.org

    13. RonaldStory on April 1st, 2014 5:35 pm

      This shows you how some people can get away with anything as long as they have money behind them. It appears as if money buys politicians as well as judges. What happens if this guy kills some child next time? Is he the blame or the system that let him go?

    14. Joan on April 1st, 2014 6:52 pm

      This judge says he “would not fare well” in jail. Well, his children will not “fare well” in life thanks to this pervert. I think the judge should get off the bench because she apparently doesn’t know what “justice” is about. I am outraged!!!!

    15. David Rushton on April 2nd, 2014 4:21 pm

      Don’t let this judge get away with this. Make sure you stand up for what’s right and make your voice heard against favoritism for one percenters!!!


    16. lin quill on April 2nd, 2014 4:56 pm

      What can be done to get Jan Jurden off the bench and disbarred? Is their any activism working toward this goal?

    17. Caitlin Doherty on April 3rd, 2014 7:15 pm

      Shame on you judge! You will one day soon meet your maker and hopefully he turns his back on you the way you have turned your back on innocent children. You are as disgusting as him!

    18. Disgusted1 on May 31st, 2014 6:10 pm

      He may have DuPont $$$, but he looks like a friggin’ Neanderthal. He should be in prison and “take his lumps.”

    19. Disgusted1 on May 31st, 2014 6:10 pm

      PS And the JUDGE should be in the cell with him!

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