Biden’s Son Defends Judge Who Spared Du Pont Pedophile from Prison


Like father, like scum.

Though Robert H. Richards IV was convicted of rape, the wealthy heir to the du Pont family fortune was spared prison by a Delaware court in 2009 because he would “not fare well” behind bars, according to court documents CNN obtained Tuesday.

Richards is a great-grandson of the chemical magnate Irenee du Pont.

He received an eight-year prison sentence in 2009 for raping his toddler daughter, but the sentencing order signed by Delaware judge Judge Jan R. Jurden said “defendant will not fare well” in prison and the eight years were suspended.

Superior Court Judge Jan Jurden’s decision to order probation instead of prison for a du Pont family heir who raped his young daughter has led to threats against her and calls for her removal from the bench.

But allies in the legal community have rallied to her defense.

In a letter to the News Journal, Attorney General Beau Biden said Thursday the case against Robert H. Richards IV was weak and prosecutors offered an appropriate plea bargain that spared him prison while convicting him of a felony sex crime.

Biden defended Jurden, writing that the judge “exercised sound discretion based solely on the merits of the case before her” and doesn’t let a defendant’s “wealth or social status” influence her decisions.

Biden’s office, which had originally charged him with two counts of second-degree rape punishable by a minimum prison term of 20 years, had given Richards the plea deal to fourth-degree rape and recommended probation.

Biden’s chief deputy, Ian McConnel, has said prosecutor Renee Hrivnak should have sought prison time. But in his letter to the News Journal, Biden wrote that Hrivnak recommended probation because that conviction “guaranteed” Richards would have to register as a sex offender.

Lawyers for Tracy Richards, who identified her children in the civil lawsuit, said they cannot discuss the criminal case, including whether her daughter was prepared to testify, the mother’s knowledge or feelings about the plea deal, and whether she attended the sentencing. The mother is prohibited from commenting because of limitations put in place this week by the judge handling the case, her lawyers said.

“They have for the time being stopped Tracy from responding to reports like AG Biden’s,” said Raeann Warner, one of Tracy Richards’ attorneys. “And they have stopped her lawyers and anyone working with them from commenting.”

Meanwhile Biden gets to comment. The Delaware GOP responded by challenging Beau Biden for trying to have it both ways.

The head of Delaware’s Republican party questioned Friday why Attorney General Beau Biden, a Democrat, did not know about a plea bargain that allowed a du Pont family heir to avoid prison for raping his young daughter.

Biden’s statement in a Thursday letter to The News Journal that he ran for attorney general to protect children from harm is “simply inconsistent” with his spokesman’s earlier assertion that Biden was unaware of what should have been a “high-profile” case, said John Fluharty, executive director of the state GOP.

During that period, Fluharty wrote, “the Biden family was focused on Joe Biden’s run for the White House, and his posturing to be selected as the Democrat’s vice presidential nominee in 2008,” Fluharty suggested.

“The question needs to be asked if the Attorney General was focused more on his family’s national political agenda rather doing the job of Attorney General in late 2007 and 2008? Further, why was the Attorney General not aware of this high profile case which resulted in his office striking a plea deal? Was this just gross incompetence on his part?”

Richards, who turned 48 Thursday, is the great-grandson of du Pont family patriarch Irenee du Pont and the son of Robert H. Richards III, a retired partner in the Richards Layton & Finger law firm.

It’s doubtful that Beau Biden was so focused on the race that he would have overlooked an opportunity like this. Prosecutors normally dream of cases like these. That Beau Biden avoided touching it, speaks volumes.

Joe Biden scored $70k in contributions from Richards Layton & Finger. And then there’s this…

State Prosecutor Kathleen M. Jennings could not discuss the case, McConnel said, because she had represented Richards while he was on probation. Jennings, a former chief deputy attorney general, rejoined the office in November 2011 after about 15 years in private practice. She would not say when she represented Richards.

There’s something rotten in the state of Delaware.

  • truebearing

    Talk about incestuous…the Democratic Party, that is. How can they possibly be so depraved as to shield a father who raped an infant, fail to recuse themselves when appropriate, and throttle the free speech of the plaintiff all in one case?

    Apparently, the Democrats don’t think incest of any kind is a crime. If a father raping his own infant daughter isn’t serious enough to prosecute because of a political calculus, what won’t the Democrats do for power?

    Not that Joe “The Moron of Delaware” ever had a chance at becoming the Democratic candidate for president, but this sealed the deal.

    • tamale

      It has nothing to do with morals or legally right vs legally wrong, and everything to do with raw power.

  • verneoz

    This is a classic case of the powerful protecting the powerful. Biden is just like his dad. He muddys the waters with phony facts to justify the judge’s decision.

  • VHG1

    “The Democrat Donor Protection Act” never officially was a Bill, but it is a solid winner with all Dems!

  • alericKong

    And Democrats complain about the 1%

    • truebearing

      And it’s the finest political theater money can buy.

    • 1stworlder

      If it was the 1% it would be 2 mill a pop like Michael Jackson, instead of $70,000

  • A Z

    Complete & Utter BULL____!

    2 Points
    First, take a look of the picture of the guy. The offender is a big guy. (But sentence should not pivot on whether pa person is robustly built or slightly built.)

    Second, if Delaware is like California, they have a separate unit/correctional facility for zex offenders. If Delware has a zex offender unit then the perp would not be in general population..

    • objectivefactsmatter

      But do you have any idea how hurt his feelings would be if sent to prison?

      What’s wrong with you hateful right-wing vampires? is there no end to your blood-lust?

      • truebearing

        Yeah, the poor widdo guy. We can’t have rich adults who rape their toddler daughters, and donate heavily to the Democrats, not doing well in prison. What an outrage.

        Just one question: who does do well in prison? Even the tough guys get knifed, beat up, poisoned, etc. At least Richards has enough money to buy protection. If the warden is a Democrat, he’d probably be allowed to have hookers and a fully stocked bar.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          Funny how leftists scream at us for our “intolerance” and “injustice” while protecting “the Religion of Peace” and the “.01%ers.”

          All in a day’s work at the Alinsky Center for Hope and Change.

          One of the longest-running fortunes in American history belongs to the du Pont family, who rank eighth with a fortune of at least $15 billion. The du Ponts trace their ancestry to Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours (d. 1817), a French Physiocrat, who survived the Revolutionary Terror by immigrating to America in 1800.

    • CaoMoo

      I think they should be in the general population not given there own club. If they are that scared maybe don’t r@ping like a rabid animal in the first place. Or put them with the serial killers on death row so the serial killers can have a last meal of sorts.

      • A Z

        I hear you. I think along those lines as well.

        1.) But I think that a prison should not be a place where the inmates run the asylum.

        2.) I think a prison is where you do time but not where we turn a blind eye to what happens.

        3.) I also believe that if you put a person in prison and are going to let them out at some point you had better not brutalize them.

        Points 1 & 2 overlap but they are not quite the same point.

  • Softly Bob

    Is there a clause somewhere in the U.S. constitution that automatically impeaches any politician from office once they have begun to display the advanced stages of senile dementia?

  • wileyvet

    Sickening the way they circle the wagons to protect one of their own, no matter how depraved. Dems truly have no shame.

  • D10

    True life conversation:

    Me: Child rapists should be executed.
    Leftoid: No! They should be given the chance to change.
    Me: They re-offend.
    Leftoid: Well, they should be given more chances, then more chances…oh….I see what you mean.

    • bariola

      I believe that the left/right paradigm is false and used by the power elite to divide us and give us the illusion of choice. Last Fall I got into a discussion on Facebook with a friend who detests conservatives. I asked him what his definition of a conservative was. He really couldn’t answer me, he couldn’t define the term. The most I could get out of him was that conservatives were red neck, Bible-believing, abortion-hating Nazis-in-waiting. He had chided me earlier in our debate for giving stock, clichéd definitions of what lefties and righties are supposed to be like, but he pretty much did the same thing.

      Well, I tried to pin him down. Do you hate born agains, do you hate red necks, do you hate pro-lifers, do you hate 2nd Amendment advocates, who exactly do you hate? I was trying to be lighthearted about it but, as I was trouncing him in our debate (IMO) and he is not used to being trounced, he started getting personal and brought up some stuff from my past on Facebook for all to see.

      It wasn’t the biggest deal really in the grand scheme of things, but it was just the fact that he did it. He resorted to character assassination to win a silly debate with a guy he’s known for over 25 years. I haven’t spoken to him since, as he can’t seem to get the words out of his mouth, “Sorry man, I screwed up, I apologize.” What can you do?

      Sorry to babble on, but my point was, can you actually define the terms “conservative” and “liberal?” Are the terms “liberal” and “conservative” at all meaningful? Who are these people? For myself, I consider myself to be a Constitutionalist – period.

  • Tina Trent


    Also, a typical outcome to a child-rape case, made visible only because the high profile of those involved required a bit more diddling to reach the same end. Even for crimes like these, mere probation is given far more often than incarceration, despite the obsessive rantings of leftists and Right-on-Crime/libertarian types who demand that we “end the criminalization of Americans” “empty the prisons” and “provide alternatives to incarceration.”

  • carpe diem 36

    no end to the corruption by democRATS!!

    • bariola

      The Republicans are EXACTLY the same. Don’t fall for their divide and conquer tactics. Our government was occupied 100 years by the international mafia/corporatocracy that sometimes refers to itself as “The New World Order.” It is an outgrowth of the old British Empire. The British royals partnered with the Robber Barons and Wall St. banksters and the other royal families of Europe over a century ago. They have funded both sides of every major war for at least a century. War is $$$$$$$ for the power elite.

      If you think my views are extreme, I’ll present one example that I’ve used a lot lately which reveals the true nature of our fearless leaders. Under both Bush Sr. and Clinton in the 90’s, we participated in economic sanctions against Iraq which resulted in the slow, agonizing deaths of HALF A MILLION Iraqi children.

      Then Sec. of State Madeline Albright told Lesley Stahl on “60 Minutes” that the deaths of all of those children was “worth it” (i.e., worth the effort to oust Saddam, a despot that the CIA helped install in the first place). Albright was awarded the Medal of Freedom in 2012 by Nobel Peace prize-winning, Pakistani wedding party drone-bombing President Obama.

      On the other side of the coin, Bush laughed about how he couldn’t find those darn WMD’s in Iraq (the Iraqi war resulted in the deaths of over a million Iraqi men, women and children, people who had done NOTHING to us, not to mention our brave, albeit naïve, young men and women who were maimed or killed for the profit of the military/industrial complex).

      Then there was Kissinger and East Timor and the holocaust that ensued there in 1975 (for which we gave the green light and provided the weapons). This government has a long list of atrocities which you will never hear about, unless you start digging just a little bit beneath the surface. I could go on but I’ll spare you.

      Unfortunately, we are ruled by a gaggle of Neros and Caligulas – BOTH parties. I love this country and the Constitution upon which it is supposed to stand, but the Mafiosi posing as our politicians in D.C. are another matter. Yes, they are elected, but when you have a choice between turd A and turd B, is it really a choice, especially when both turds are funded and controlled by the same billionaire and trillionaire families? Peace.

  • bariola