Victims' families in Texas 'affluenza' case outraged after teen avoids jail again

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  1. Bluesguy

    Bluesguy Well-Known Member Donor

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    This just seems outrageous. He didn't even get juvenile confinement until he turns 18, not even home confinement.

    "The families of victims who were injured or killed in a drunken-driving crash in Texas expressed outrage Wednesday after the teen driver who avoided jail time in the crash was ordered to go to a rehabilitation facility paid for by his parents.

    State District Judge Jean Boyd again decided to give no jail time for Ethan Couch, defense attorney Reagan Wynn and prosecutors told reporters after the hearing, which was closed to the public. Prosecutors had asked Boyd to sentence him to 20 years in state custody on charges related to two people who were severely injured.

    Couch was previously sentenced to 10 years' probation in the crash that killed four people in June 2013. The sentence stirred fierce debate, as has the testimony of a defense expert who says Couch's wealthy parents coddled him into a sense of irresponsibility. The expert termed the condition "affluenza."

    Couch was 16 at the time of the accident. His blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit for an adult and there were traces of Valium in his system when he lost control of his pickup truck and plowed into a group of people helping a woman whose car had stalled.

    Seven passengers were riding in Couch's truck. One, Sergio Molina, is paralyzed and can communicate only by blinking. The other, Solimon Mohmand, suffered numerous broken bones and internal injuries.

    After the hearing, family members of the victims told MyFoxDFW.com they were upset Couch again avoided jail time, and said they believed Couch got off easily because his parents were rich."

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/02/0...-affluenza-case-outraged-at-no-jail-sentence/

    I hope this is a judge that has to run for election and the voters can kick him out next time. Seems there is no legal recourse for an appeal of sentence.
     
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    There is nothing to prevent the victim's from civilly suing the family into a cardboard box under the freeway.

    I'm sure they can find more than six jurors with a conscience.
     
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    lol affluenza. degenerate with no money and poor bad parents would have 15 minimum in a case like this. looks like its now our civic responsibility to make sure a drunk driver never survives the scene of the accident.
     
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    I read a story about how the parents are only going to be partially financially responsible which makes no sense to me. If the kid's crime were caused by his parents having too much money and not teaching him right from wrong, why are the parents getting off easy? Nobody responsible for what happened here, even though we know without a doubt who is responsible, are being made to actually BE responsible.

    In all honesty, if the judge who made that initial ruling isn't already looking for another job, that's just as outrageous as the ruling itself.
     
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    This is just another measure Texas is taking to attract business. Bring your business to Texas and you and your spoiled kids can get away with murder.
     
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    Ethan Couch now on most wanted list...
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    FBI, U.S. Marshals join search for 'affluenza' teen who killed 4 in drunken crash
    Dec. 18, 2015 -- The FBI and U.S. Marshals Service joined the effort to find Ethan Couch, the so-called "affluenza" teen whose lawyers argued he shouldn't be punished for killing four people in a drunk-driving crash in Texas because his parents were wealthy.
     
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    waltky Well-Known Member

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    Awww, poor baby...
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    'Affluenza' teen caught, but will he get off easy?
    Tue December 29, 2015 - Will Ethan Couch, the "affluenza" teen, get off lightly again?
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    At most, affluenza teen Ethan Couch faces 120 days in jail and another chance, authorities say
    December 29, 2015 - Ethan Couch fled the country while on probation for killing four people in a drunken driving crash, but the worst punishment the “affluenza” teen faces is four months in jail and another chance, authorities said Tuesday.
     
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    Mom comes home, Lil' Lord Fauntleroy left behind in Mexican jail...
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    The Latest: 'Affluenza' teen's mom arrives in US from Mexico
    Dec 31,`15 -- The latest in the case of a Texas teenager serving probation for killing four people in a drunken-driving wreck after invoking an "affluenza" defense (all times local):
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    'Affluenza' teen grew up in wealthy but unstable home
    Dec. 31, 2015 — The Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense in a deadly drunken-driving wreck grew up in a wealthy yet unstable household where his parents underwent an acrimonious divorce, which included accusations that his mother was addicted to pain pills and his father was abusive.
     
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    Granny says leave him inna Mexican jail...
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    Why 'Affluenza' Teen Ethan Couch Could Be in Mexico for Months or Back in Texas Within Days
    Jan 2, 2016 - A Mexican attorney for "affluenza" teen Ethan Couch says he estimates that the 18-year-old's deportation to the United States will last "a couple of months," unless Couch decides not to fight it.
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    Mother of fugitive 'affluenza' teen brought to US
    Thursday 31st December, 2015 - The mother of fugitive "affluenza" teen Ethan Couch, who is wanted for killing four people with his pickup truck in 2013, has been brought back to the US from Mexico, authorities said. Tonya Couch arrived at Los Angeles International Airport. Her 18-year-old son, Ethan, remained in Mexico, where the pair was caught earlier this week.
     
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    Ethan Couch extradicted back to the U.S.
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    Deported 'affluenza' teen booked into Texas detention center
    Jan 28,`16 -- The teenager who used an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck was booked into a Texas juvenile detention center following his deportation from Mexico on Thursday, more than a month after he and his mother fled the U.S. as prosecutors investigated whether he had violated his probation.
     

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