WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

Should judge have given consideration to how wealthy duPont heir would "fare" in prison?

Did you read The NEWS JOURNAL's explosive account about Superior Court Judge Jan Jurden's decision to sentence Robert H. Richards IV to probation - rather than prison - for the rape of his three-year-old daughter?

Jurden has never had the reputation as a lenient judge, so her judgment was perhaps all the more shocking.

Does anyone really fare well in prison, despite the lip-service given to corrections and rehabilitation?

Granted, a white guy of great wealth accused and convicted of child rape (in many ways, to society AND the inmates behind bars, a crime more repugnant than murder, except for the murder of a child) would most probably have a very difficult time in prison -- either from his fellow inmates, or from the psychological isolation of being kept in solitary confinement, for his own protection.

But did Judge Jurden inadvertently perpetuate all the stereotypes about two tiers of justice, one for the well-off, the privileged; the other, for everyone else, particularly the poor? It's not as though Richards were either too ill or too frail for prison.

As usual, the story looks all the more dramatic and tawdry when captured by a tabloid like the U.K.'s DAILY MAIL, U.S. edition...


Posted at 7:55am on March 31, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 8:01am
Sadly, there is a two-tier justice system in America, one for the wealthy of all colors, be they DuPont heirs, corporate execs, Hollyweird folks, musicians, sports figures, politicians, etc.; and the lower tier of justice for the rest of us.

Mon, Mar 31, 2014 8:21am
So much for "equal justice for all"...I guess the blindfold of Lady Justice has fallen and the scales of justice once again tips in favor of money/power.

Mon, Mar 31, 2014 9:21am
I would say that across the decades, justice has taken more and more of a blind eye to money. That is probably understandable for psychology reasons since we really haven't had corruption in our justice department as did New York under Tammany Hall. It was against that level of corruption (Capone's Chicago as well) that a whole generation of lawyers responded with the an equal justice meme stretching across the latter part of the last century.

Now particularly with Citizen's United, if one goes after a high tycoon, there is no protection anymore... One's boss can be bought out, even if one can't... Therefore, go along to get along...

Not all money needs to disappear from campaigns, but Citizens-United has really turned this nation on its ear, in a very large numbers of categories...

Mon, Mar 31, 2014 9:26am
There is certainly a two-tier system of justice. Particularly one for whites and one for blacks. That is most obvious to persons who have served time for drug issues. Whites are frequently given more "breaks" than blacks.

Mon, Mar 31, 2014 9:29am
Allan, the question that should headline your post should read, "When will questions be answered regarding the Richards sentence?" Jan Jurden should be forced to publicly defend her decision, as should the woman who worked for the AG's office. Beau Biden should face questions.

If the state wants to dispel the myth that there are two justice systems (and maybe it can't or won't), no one short of Governor Markell should address this publicly. People get harsher sentences for smoking a joint.

Mon, Mar 31, 2014 9:33am
On a second note, the proselytizing of the News Journal over one abuse case contrasts strongly against its silence when it comes to investigating Common Core's implementation in Delaware, a curriculum fraught with inconsistencies which will ruin the next generation of students. In other words, it is turning a blind eye to the very real abuse of 120,000 of Delaware's children while drumming up outrage over and incident that took place years ago... IF one abuse case is so horrible, why then isn't 120,000 abuse cases 120,000 times more horrible?

Because the News Journal is part of the problem. It is not that they can't find evidence of the psychological abuse Common Core is causing. That is all over the internet. In fact, there is literally zero, zero support for Common Core versus an infinite amount of anti-common Core paraphernalia out on the web...

Yet the News Journal continues to whitewash it... then tries to drum up sales with an completely faked outrage... Rather disgusting, really, and sad.

If the News Journal wants to increase its circulation, it should follow WDEL's and WDDE's example and try telling the truth without spin...

Mon, Mar 31, 2014 4:40pm
Just got confirmation that Russia began pulling back troops off the Ukraine border ... any one else heard anything?.

Mon, Mar 31, 2014 4:43pm
Possible public official confirmation....


Mon, Mar 31, 2014 5:12pm
And here is something you need to be aware of... It's CBS and it's long (with commercial tucked inside) but shows you who the real villain of America is today... the 1%....


Mon, Mar 31, 2014 8:57pm
Over to Ukraine, an interesting candidate for president is promising to make Ukraine into an empire. Says he is the only one who can do it...


Mike, think you and Pizza and Earl could be very wrong about the influence Ukraine will have on us in the future...

Mon, Mar 31, 2014 11:46pm
Anybody, regardless of wealth, who rapes children, especially his own children, should be fed to the wolves in the general prison population.

By the way, this isn't the first DuPont to think he was above the law. John DuPont, instead of being given a free hotel room the rest his life for gunning down Dave Schultz, should have gone to the electric chair and his entire estate given to Mr. Schultz's family.

Mike from Delaware
Tue, Apr 1, 2014 8:39am
Kavips: Can't seem to get the CBS Stock Market piece to play, but it doesn't surprise me at all that the Stock Market is a rigged game. I've said for years that the stock market is legalized gambling. Compare going to the racetrack and playing the stock market. You go to the track and between races it is very quiet, library quiet as folks are studying the racing form telling you about each horse, much like a stock portfolio perspectus does. You study the racing form/stock perspectus and make your best guess [most of us are neither experts at picking horses or stocks]. Then you go up to the betting window/your stock broker and place your bet/make your investment. Then watch the race and see if you picked a winner or a loser.

Sure sounds like the same thing to me. One is a respectable way to make money, and the other is where the underworld and less savory folks go to make their fortunes. Yet, both are gambling.

This has been the problem for folks with their 401K's - they have to pick the horse, that is the stock - to place their bet, that is their money, for their retirement. Sadly most folks don't do very well, which has added to the problem of many Americans not being as financially prepared for their retirement years, and why Social Security is such a valuable asset for every American. Only the wealthiest 2% won't need their Social Security check, so they're all in favor of doing away with it, but the other 98% most likely will be very glad to get that check in the mail once they stop working. This is why I've been so strongly against the G.O.P./TEA Party attitude of Social Security and wanting to get rid of it. The proposal EarlGrey and I came up with on the other thread that essentially said:

To simply raise the ceiling on the Social Security tax so that income above 100K/per year gets taxed. Say raise to 200K. From what I've read, that would make Social Security solvent into the 22nd century. Then send out those social security checks to everyone who already paid into the system, and allow "younger folks" to invest, IF they want to, a larger portion of THEIR OWN MONEY. This way, those younger folks have maybe three choice options: Social Security, or the bank investment plan, or maybe a reduced Social Security [maybe 1/2] and they get to invest the rest via that bank plan. Some will pick the bank plan; others Social Security; and still others would pick the reduced Social Security / Bank Plan. In any event that would be a real win/win for everyone. This way, the public, the citizen is getting to choose, not the well-to-do folks in Congress, but the man and woman who are out there working their butts off hoping to be able to retire and live a reasonable life in their senior years. This, I believe, would be a winning solution to this problem.

Now the big question, which party will be smart enough to take this and make it their own program?

Tue, Apr 1, 2014 9:29am
kavips: It's more like the .0001%, and I agree with you 100% on how that group should be treated/taxed... they are the true villians that OWS should have gone after.

Tue, Apr 1, 2014 10:18am
"Over to Ukraine, an interesting candidate for president is promising to make Ukraine into an empire. Says he is the only one who can do it..."

LOL...is that Dick Cheney under the mask? ;)

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