February 8, 2014 by gregrabidoux2013
- Forget about spending a whole lot of time planning and executing the perfect murder. Just make sure you are the spoiled son or daughter of really wealthy parents. Then, when you get drunk and kill not 1, not 2, not 3 but 4 people in a car crash, you can simply say “I am too rich and spoiled to have known better.”
And, amazingly, a Judge and Jury will agree with you. A trained psychologist will call your condition “affluenza” which we’ll all confuse with influenza and you’ll avoid any jail time. Meanwhile, we’ll still be wondering why some kid got away with murder because of a bad case of the flu. Ah, if only.
At least this was the case recently in Fort Worth, Texas. Wait a second, Texas? Isn’t that the state that wants to secede from the Union? Isn’t that the state that seemingly executes people like it was a football contest between them and their bitter rival Oklahoma?
Yes to all those questions. And in case you wondered Oklahoma is slightly ahead of Texas in the number of death penalty executions. But not by much.
Not that Ethan Couch need ever worry about such a fate. The Judge “ordered” a 10 year probation and time at a rehabilitation facility to be paid for by his parents. Well, of course they will pay for a nice, upscale rehab center complete with video games, wide-screen TV and a swimming pool. You think I jest? Reports had the parents ready to pay for a $450,000 Rehab-Resort in Newport Beach, California.
Gee, isn’t this how he supposedly earned his “Get Out of Jail Free Card” in the first place? By Mommy and Daddy spoiling him to the point that a court of law decided he could not be held accountable for his actions.
So, Ethan gets essentially a cushy “Time Out” while the families of his victims continue to grieve and mourn the loss of their loved ones. Well, at least they can rest easy knowing that the Judge really threw, er, tossed the book lightly at their sons and daughters’ killer.
Couch’s attorney claims that the media’s fixation on the testimony of one of their own star witnesses and the “affluenza” theory (he was so spoiled and insulated he couldn’t be held accountable for his own actions) was “blown out of proportion.” The prosecutor who asked for 20 years of jail time for the accused is blaming the “ridiculous” defense as well as current Texas law. To the latter, he may have supporters who are now in the mood for reform. The Lt. Governor is already working closely with the State Senate to allow juries to have an affirmative role in sentencing. If he gets his way, Judge Boyd (this case) and her colleagues would not have exclusive say over final sentencing in these type of cases.
Look, we aren’t the first nation to struggle with how to deal with teens when they go from “boys will be boys” (or girls will be girls) and do something criminal. Experts tell us things like incomplete pre-frontal brain lobe development and not yet fully texturized cortex and how this can muddle teens’ decision-making skills.
Uh-huh. Ethan’s blood level alcohol content was 3X the legal limit and he had mixed this already dangerously high level of toxicity by popping Valium pills. Besides the 4 people he killed as his car crashed into a group of people helping a woman whose car had stalled, two of his own passengers were also injured. One is completely paralyzed and can only blink while the other is recovering from numerous broken bones and internal injuries.
But I am sure the traumatic memories that will haunt Ethan will will be nearly more than he can endure as he dips in and out of the Newport Beach Resort/Rehab. pool.
Poor kid. The rest of us 99% will just never fully understand the burdens of being rich. Or, at least having parents that are rich and pamper us to the point of having a jail-proof defense for our crimes.
Maybe, someday I’ll gain the wisdom to understand this all more than I do today. But, if it’s all the same to you I think I’ll just pray for his victims and those he left behind to mourn. Ethan seems to be doing just fine without my help.
They say money can’t buy happiness. Apparently, in Texas it can at least buy you a pass on doing time for your crime for those who can afford its asking price.
Be Safe. Always Have a Sober Driving Buddy.