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Sat May 18, 2019, 07:07 PM

Knox judge faces massive backlash over sentencing in former pastor's rape conviction

A petition calling for Knox County Criminal Court Judge Steve Sword's removal from the bench has garnered more than 14,000 signatures in a backlash over his perceived leniency in the sentencing of a former pastor convicted of rape.

Social media outrage over the case has spread around the country.

Sword handed down an effective sentence of 12 years in prison last week for David Lynn Richards Jr., who was convicted by a Knox County jury in February on nine felony counts including rape, incest and sexual battery by authority figure for the repeated abuse of his adopted teenage daughter over nearly two years.

Richards, 41, will spend at least 9 years behind bars before he becomes eligible for parole.

Read more: https://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/crime/2019/05/18/knox-judge-steve-sword-criticism-david-lynn-richards/3706527002/

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Sat May 18, 2019, 08:17 PM

1. 1053 years for incest rape in Liberalfornia and 60 days in conservative Montana

1053 years for incest rape in Liberalfornia and 60 days in conservative Montana

Montana justice 60 days for incest rape

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2016/10/24/two-fathers-raped-their-daughters-one-got-60-days-in-jail-the-other-1503-years-in-prison/?utm_term=.b3857ae2999c

Two fathers raped their daughters. One got 60 days in jail. The other? 1,503 years in prison.

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Sat May 18, 2019, 08:37 PM

2. Sick fuck should be buried under the jail. nt

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