Robert Richards IV, a wealthy heir to the DuPont fortune, was convicted of raping his 3-year-old daughter and sexually abusing his 19-month-old son, crimes he admitted to. But instead of putting this dangerous abuser behind bars, the judge shockingly gave him only probation, justifying this by saying Richards “wouldn’t fare well” in prison.
The idea that someone’s sentencing should be based on their financial position and the luxuries that they’re used to is disgusting. But even more importantly, two young survivors of sexual abuse will see no justice, and a violent pedophile is walking free. The judge in this case, Jan Jurden, is sending the unbelievable message that if you’ve got a trust fund and a powerful family, you are free to do whatever you want with zero consequences–including raping your children.
That’s not the world we want to live in. And that’s not the world survivors of rape and violence deserve to live in.
Right now, this story is blowing up. As more and more media report on it, the pressure on Judge Jan Jurden is growing. If we all speak out now while the story is in the spotlight, we can force Judge Jan Jurden to be removed from the bench for this gross misrepresentation of justice.
Tell the Delaware Judicial Conduct Commission:“A judge who gives preferential treatment to wealthy abusers should not be on the bench. Remove Judge Jan Jurden immediately. “