They say “money can’t buy happiness,” but it can make a judge forget that you just killed four people. At least, that is the example coming from the state of Texas.
Back in 2013, then 16-year old Ethan Couch made the decision to drive drunk, and ultimately killed four people on the side of the road. Aside from killing innocent strangers, Couch’s accident also left many of his friends with serious injuries.
Couch’s attorney claims that his client’s misbehavior was the result of having too easy of a childhood, a “condition” referred to as ‘Affluenza.’
What was the result of all this? A probation sentence. That’s right, Judge Jean Hudson Boyd thought that a good punishment for murdering four people would be a slap on the wrist. This is interesting, because years earlier she gave a 16-year-old boy 20 years in prison for a fatal DWI crash…
Does this sound like the kind of woman you want making judgements? Well, the good news is she has since stepped down, but unfortunately her poor sentencing is the reason this young man is able to endanger those around him.
Less than two years into his probation sentence a video surfaced online of Couch attending a party where drugs and alcohol were being consumed. This was a violation of his probation, and rather than come clean, what do you think he did?
Accompanied by his mother (who looks like Carrot Top, no offense to the comedian) Couch fled to Mexico in hopes of escaping authorities. After a couple weeks the two were spotted, and detained by Mexican authorities. The two have since returned to Texas where they’ve been awaiting sentencing until today.
In a brave, bold move, district Judge Tim Menikos has called for Couch’s case to be moved to adult court. Couch’s attorney, Scott Brown, says that after that a judge can decide if he will spend a maximum of 180 days in jail.
Wow, so after driving while drunk, murdering four people, violating probation, and fleeing the country this kid MIGHT get less than half a year in jail? Wow, Texas, you guys sure know what justice looks like!
Personally, I’m outraged. This is not how our justice system is supposed to work, but then again I’m not a millionaire, and we all know that there are different rules for the rich.
Sadly, chances are this young man won’t ever be held accountable for the four lives that he took, and that is absolutely despicable.
You tell me folks, does this look like a young man who has accepted responsibility for his actions, or does he look like his time is being wasted?