Dog fighting=102yr jail Child Rape=Probation

Child rape=probation……. Dog fighting=102 yr jail……… ? !@#%%^#!! (from ABA site)

Corrected and updated: A lawsuit filed against DuPont heir Robert Richards IV is calling attention to the light sentence he received in 2009 for the rape of his daughter beginning when she was 3 years old.

Judge Jan Jurden of Delaware sentenced Richards to probation as part of a plea deal in the case, reasoning that “he will not fare well” in prison, the Delaware News Journal reported. The judge also ordered Richards to participate in a sex-offender treatment program.

The sentence came to light in a suit filed this month by Richards’ ex-wife, Tracy, seeking damages for sexual abuse of the child.

letter to the editor says it is “speculative and misleading” to assume the comment about not faring well in prison, made on the “notes” section of a sentencing form, reflected Jurden’s own feelings. The letter by Richard Kirk, who chairs the Delaware State Bar Association Committee on Response to Public Comment, said judges typically use the notes section to list comments by prosecutors, defense counsel and probation officers. It is “highly likely” the comment was made by one of the participants at the hearing, Kirk said.

Richards’ lawyer, Eugene Maurer Jr., told the Delaware News Journal that the deal was “more than reasonable, an enlightened plea offer.” Richards pleaded guilty to one count of fourth-degree rape, which penalizes sexual penetration of a minor and carries no mandatory prison sentence. The state Attorney General’s office originally charged Richards with two counts of second-degree rape of a child, which each carry a mandatory 10-year prison sentence.


Alabama man gets 102 years in prison for dog fighting

DOTHAN (AP) — A Houston County judge has sentenced a Cottonwood man convicted of staging dogfights to 102 years in prison.

Circuit Judge Ed Jackson sentenced Johnny Ray Lewis, 42, at a Tuesday hearing. The jail term represents six years in prison for each of the 17 felony counts. Lewis was convicted by a jury Sept. 27 of possessing dogs with the intent to train the animals for fighting…


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