CommonDreams – The Affluenza Defense: All The Injustice Money Can Buy – 20 December 2013

common-dreamsBy Abby Zimet

Justice is still stalking Ethan Couch, the 16-year-old poor little rich Texan boy who got wasted on Valium and beer he stole from Walmart and plowed his daddy’s pickup truck into four people, killing them all, paralyzing a friend in the truck and injuring several others, after which carnage he was “punished” by being sentenced to probation and a stay in a $500,000 a year rehab facility with yoga and equine therapy – but not a day in prison – because his rich/lousy parents never taught him about consequences. Many aren’t buying his so-called Affluenza Defense (Twinkie Defense, anyone?) which is why the families of the victims have now brought mulit-million-dollar civil lawsuits against him and his family, and prosecutors are urging District Judge Jean Boyd to give him some jail time for lesser offenses (other than being a clueless rich dick) on which he’s been convicted. Meanwhile, the rest of us are left wondering about a legal system in which a so-called judge or anyone else in any position of authority could possiby accept the notion that being rich gets you off scot-free from any bad behavior, no matter how egregious. Oh, wait. There were those banks….Ethan, need we add, is white. If you want to get further infuriated, listen to the “doctor” who testified for Ethan try to justify that “defense” to a wide-eyed Anderson Cooper. There’s also a petition to take Judge Boyd off the bench; given that it goes to Rick Perry, good luck with that. / link to original article

Comments are closed.