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    Default Texas: Judge Rules Rich Kids Rich Kid-ness Makes Him Not Liable for Deaths

    http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/12/12/...ving-accident/


    For most people, conviction for vehicular manslaughter due to drunk driving warrants a lengthy sentence, but not in the case of Ethan Couch, a wealthy young man from the state of Texas.

    The Keller, Tex., 16-year-old has a rare condition that a judge believes is best remedied with anything but dealing with the consequences for causing a DWI wreck that killed four people, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

    Couch suffers from affluenza, according to his lawyers, a term which means that his wealthy parents pretty much let him get away with everything. The defense saved him from a 20-year sentence; State District Judge Jean Boyd bought it at his sentencing on Tuesday and gave Couch probation instead.

    He never learned that sometimes you dont get your way, Gary Miller, a psychologist assigned to Couch said in court. He had the cars and he had the money. He had freedoms that no young man would be able to handle.

    The defense said this led to a rash of irresponsible behavior on the night of June 15 and ended in tragedy. The spree began with Couch stealing beer from a Walmart with his buddies, jumping into a pickup truck and smashing into a woman whose car broke down on a Burleson, Texas road, killing the woman, two people who lived nearby and came to help, and a passerby.

    Court testimony revealed that Couchs blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit. He also admitted being drunk while driving and losing control of his Ford F-150.

    He pleaded guilty to four counts of manslaughter by intoxication and two counts of assault by intoxication causing bodily injury. Two teens in the bed of the truck were seriously injured, and one cannot move or talk.

    Texas sentencing guidelines for crimes like this call for fines of up to $10,000 and between 2 and 20 years in the state penitentiary. But instead Couch got 10 years of probation and zero time. If he slips up he could go to jail for 10 years, according to a statement from the Tarrant County District Attorney.

    Defense attorney Scott Brown praised Boyds decision: She fashioned a sentence that could have him under the thumb of the justice system for the next 10 years, he said.

    Eric Boyles, who lost his wife and daughter Holly and Shelby in the crash said it was Couchs wealth that kept him from a harsher sentence.

    Ultimately today, I felt that money did prevail, he told the Star-Telegram after the sentencing. If [he] had been any other youth, I feel like the circumstances would have been different.
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    Just outrageous sentencing in this case. Total slap in the face to the families of the victims. Money obviously speaks loud in Texas
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    Oh that's it, blame the parents!

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    They should put the parents in prison.
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    If he suffers from "affluenza" I see no more appropriate cure than a nice long prison sentence.

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    IMO this is not at all surprising given it's the Southern USA. Wouldn't surprise me in Canada either. It probably happens a lot more often than published as well. Just another day in Texas.

    The kid should be in prison for # of deaths X 25 years.

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    I want to get affluenza. That way I won't have to go to jail for killing people, and I'll be rich. Hope it's contagious.

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    Fucking judge.
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    What a load of fucking bullshit. I think ironic karma will strike in this case.

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    Originally posted by Mitsu3000gt
    The kid should be in prison for # of deaths X 25 years.
    Agreed

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    There goes the humanity.


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    Originally posted by Sugarphreak
    What kind of rich kid gets beer from Walmart and drives an F-150
    I know right? I would have expected no less than a Raptor. Rich my ass.

    Edit:
    Originally posted by Sugarphreak
    Turns out I was right and the story BerserkerCatSplat posted was wrong:

    He was driving an F-350, not an F-150
    Oh shit

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    He never learned that sometimes you dont get your way,

    ...and now he will continue to not learn he can't get his way. If he got 10 years in prison, I think that'd be a pretty obvious wake-up call for him to realize he can't always "get his way".

    What a ridiculous verdict.

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    Originally posted by Sugarphreak
    Turns out I was right and the story BerserkerCatSplat posted was wrong:

    http://www.latimes.com/nation/nation...#axzz2nHqiWjqT

    He was driving an F-350, not an F-150
    Good intuition!

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    wow... just, WOW.

    So let me get this straight, if you act like there are no consequences for your actions, then there will indeed be NO consequences for your actions???? WTF

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    so the next rich kid to murder someone will point to this case and get away with it because a precedent has been set? unbelievable
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    Its the US, what do you expect?

    I wasn't suprised at all when they let go Mayra Rosales (The half ton babysitter) for killing her nephew, death by accidental crushing.

    The US can't help it if they kill people by being too fat or too rich, its what its all about. BTW: Texans are really, really, really fat - many could easily kill a fully muscled male adult if they drop on him the wrong way.

    If you limited a Texan to $80 worth of gasoline and $8 worth of food each day - Half of them would probably die.
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