No matter how you seem to fatten on a crime, that can never be good for the bee which is bad for the hive.
Money will determine whether the accused goes to prison or walks out of the courtroom a free man.
Whatever you think of de Sade, he was a complex figure and we should not look for easy answers with him. He was, strangely perhaps, against the death penalty, and he was never put in prison for murders or anything like that.
One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.