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Teen Sentenced To Probation For Deadly DWI Crash
CBS-DFW ^ | December 10, 2013 | CBS-DFW

Posted on 12/11/2013 12:43:33 PM PST by kobald

Prosecutors were pushing for 16-year-old Ethan Couch to spend 20 years in prison. However, State District Judge Jean Boyd sentenced Couch to a decade of probation.

There was no debate about who was behind the wheel last June, when Couch plowed into and killed four people. Couch has admitted to being the driver, and court records show his blood alcohol level was .24 at the time of the crash, three times the legal limit for an adult. Prosecutors also presented evidence that Couch and some friends stole beer from a Burleson Walmart on June 15, the night of the crash. After consuming the alcohol, Couch and seven others got back into his pickup to go to another store. During the trip, he hit four pedestrians, killing them. Two teens riding in Couch’s pickup were thrown from the truck and severely injured.

Couch’s attorneys argued his parents were responsible for the teen’s actions that night because of the way he had been raised. Defense attorneys put a psychologist on the stand who testified Couch was a product of wealth and got whatever he wanted. The psychologist also testified the teen was allowed to drink at a very young age and began driving at 13 years old. Defense attorneys argued Couch needed treatment, not jail and suggested a facility that costs almost half a million dollars a year...

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: drunkdriver; dwi; ethancouch; outrage; softoncrime
I'm speechless...
1 posted on 12/11/2013 12:43:33 PM PST by kobald
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To: kobald

life has become far too cheap


2 posted on 12/11/2013 12:44:20 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: kobald
Defense attorneys argued Couch needed treatment, not jail and suggested a facility that costs almost half a million dollars a year...

The world is insane

3 posted on 12/11/2013 12:45:07 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: kobald

Glad my wife was not one of those pedestrians or he would not finish his probation, by many years.


4 posted on 12/11/2013 12:45:29 PM PST by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: kobald

A comment at the link says this judge is retiring at the end of her term. This is incomprehensible - probation? Because he was raised in a wealthy lifestyle?? Send them ALL to jail for being idiots!


5 posted on 12/11/2013 12:48:09 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: kobald
Defense attorneys put a psychologist on the stand who testified Couch was a product of wealth and got whatever he wanted. The psychologist also testified the teen was allowed to drink at a very young age and began driving at 13 years old. Defense attorneys argued Couch needed treatment, not jail and suggested a facility that costs almost half a million dollars a year...

That half million will buy a lot of luxury. I wonder if it includes political contributions.

6 posted on 12/11/2013 12:51:15 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Jane Long
A comment at the link says this judge is retiring at the end of her term.

Because now, she can afford to?

7 posted on 12/11/2013 12:51:21 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: kobald

“Defense attorneys argued Couch needed treatment, not jail and suggested a facility that costs almost half a million dollars a year...”

I would guess the Texas Department of Corrections offers a less expensive treatment program. And was the expert able to put a price on the lives of the four victims?


8 posted on 12/11/2013 12:59:29 PM PST by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: kobald

This distribution of justice is so very lopsided in this case that I predict there will be attempts to administer citizen justice from the local population. If your carelessness results in the needless deaths of four (4) people, no way, should you be walking out free on so called probation. I really doubt if this case is over in the eyes of the public. What a lousy prosecutor, if they could not think of a way to present the case that would automatically deliver a severe punishment. This should have been tried by jury. A Prosecutor must never take for granted that the punishment will fit the crime.


9 posted on 12/11/2013 1:04:11 PM PST by lee martell
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To: Jane Long
A comment at the link says this judge is retiring at the end of her term.

I guess her retirement package is all arranged now.

10 posted on 12/11/2013 1:04:56 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority...")
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To: kobald; GeronL; Revolting cat!
Did Ted Kennedy ever even get sentenced probation in his case?


11 posted on 12/11/2013 1:10:25 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: kobald

Star chamber, anyone?


12 posted on 12/11/2013 1:18:22 PM PST by DickBrannigan (When did logic become reversed, and right became wrong, and wrong became right?)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

A comment at the link says this judge is retiring at the end of her term.

I guess her retirement package is all arranged now.
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Perhaps she now has a SUPPLEMENTAL retirement package now that she has handed down this “no prison time” sentence.


13 posted on 12/11/2013 1:22:47 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: GeronL
The world is insane

The defense argument is that Couch didn't know any better because he always got what he wanted and never suffered any real consequences for his actions.

So the judge gives Couch what he wants and lets him off without any real consequences for his actions.

Insane is right.

14 posted on 12/11/2013 1:29:19 PM PST by kobald
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To: All

If I were the victims’ family, my “list” would be pretty long....I’ll leave it at that...


15 posted on 12/11/2013 1:39:37 PM PST by Maverick68
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To: kobald

The story says the kid was raised “in great wealth”. That may disappear soon. If the vehicle he was driving was owned by one or both of his parents - which seems most likely - the judgements as a result of the lawsuits will no doubt exceed the insurance policy’s limits of liability. In any case like this, that happens but rarely does the party with the liability have assets to take to cover the excess amount. His parents may be about to lose everything and I have no sympathy for them if the account of how they raised their kid is accurate.


16 posted on 12/11/2013 1:40:11 PM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: kobald
Here is a picture of the 4 people he killed:

Any Freeper Legal Eagles want to chime in on what the civil case could be like? Can the Couches hide/distribute assets before the civil trial or are all assets at the time of the murder available for judgement?

If I were the Couches, I would learn to grow their own food IMHO an hope community justice doesnt arrive on their doorsteps late one evening.

17 posted on 12/11/2013 1:42:38 PM PST by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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To: Smokin' Joe

We have a winner!

That rich punk and his friends need to be behind bars for a very long time.


18 posted on 12/11/2013 1:45:28 PM PST by bgill
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To: kobald
Of course justice demands,among other things,that four members of Judge Boyd's family be killed in exactly the same way.And that the driver gets the exact same sentence.
19 posted on 12/11/2013 1:51:39 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: kobald

so if his attorney said the blame was on the parents, then file wrongful death and sue them till they are poor.


20 posted on 12/11/2013 1:59:51 PM PST by Farnsworth (Now playing in America: "Stupid is the new normal")
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To: kobald

Probation for this punk should consist of community service that is so hard as to make him wish he’d gone to prison. I don’t even know what it would be.


21 posted on 12/11/2013 2:01:56 PM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: kobald

If American children were allowed and encouraged to experience beer and wine from day one of their lives on this earth as they do in Europe, things like this might not happen.


22 posted on 12/11/2013 2:05:36 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: kobald
Defense attorneys put a psychologist on the stand who testified Couch was a product of wealth and got whatever he wanted. The psychologist also testified the teen was allowed to drink at a very young age and began driving at 13 years old.

I don't quite understand how the psychologist could (and was allowed to) testify to these alleged circumstances. Was the psychologist right there with the perp when all this was supposed to have taken place? Can you say "hearsay"? The judge must be crazy/utterly corrupt.

23 posted on 12/11/2013 2:36:17 PM PST by Moltke (Sapere aude!)
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To: DCBryan1
From what I read at another site/article about this...

The four killed were a stranded motorist, a youth paster who'd stop to help the motorist, along with two good samaritans who'd also stopped to help.

A comment at one of the other articles I read said this kid had a previous DWI...not sure if that's true, or not. Makes this all the more sad and maddening, if true.

24 posted on 12/11/2013 2:40:21 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: elkfersupper

Not really. Plenty of young drunk drivers killing themselves and others in Europe as well.

And just look at a few of the “youth binge drinking” articles the UK Daily Mail regularly posts on its website...yikes! Permissiveness does not equal responsibility.


25 posted on 12/11/2013 2:48:47 PM PST by Moltke (Sapere aude!)
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To: kobald
My brother was a co-pilot for a company in Montana back in October of 2001 and had flown the owner to Palm Springs California. During his off time, he had rented a car to do some touring and was ultimately killed at an intersection in La Quinta on 10/28/01 by an Hispanic named Cruz Alejandro Martinez, DOB 5/03/82, brown hair, brown eyes, 6'01", 155 lbs. Case No. LAR01301015.

Mr. Cruz Alejandro Martinez, DOB 5/03/82, was charged with DUI, alcohol and drugs

Mr. Cruz Alejandro Martinez, DOB 5/03/82, was charged with Manslaughter, intoxication, hit & run, personal injury

Mr. Cruz Alejando Martinez, DOB 5/03/82 was convicted of the following:

Count 1: DUI, injury

Count 2: Injury (?)

Count 3: Hit and Run resulting in death

Count 4: Gross vehicular homicide....

Mr. Cruz Alejandro Martinez, DOB 5/03/82, was sentenced to the following:

Counts 1, 2, 3, the court imposes the term of 1 year and 4 months.

Count 4, the court imposes the low term of 4 years and 0 months.

Sentenced to state prison for a total term of 4 years and 0 months.

Credit for time served of 54 actual days plus 26 days pursuant to 4019 PC for a total of 80 days.

If anyone should personally know Mr. Cruz Alejandro Martinez, DOB 5/03/82, who was involved in the death of my brother, Case Info #038969.....Defendant 169912, in the California Desert Criminal and Traffic Court, date 12/20/2001, please send me his current address, I would like to send him a Christmas card........Thank you

26 posted on 12/11/2013 2:50:20 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Miss Muffit suffered from arachnophobia.....)
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To: kobald

The very best justice money can buy. It’s Texas; was he possibly a star football player?


27 posted on 12/11/2013 2:53:03 PM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: kobald
I'm speechless...

Not me. He killed four people and shattered their families by his own admitted neglegence. He should be in prison for life X 4.

28 posted on 12/11/2013 3:33:25 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: kobald

The families should wait a while,then hire a professional to take care of the problem.


29 posted on 12/11/2013 3:52:55 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Farmer Dean
The public should not have to pay one penny to house and feed this criminal for any time.
He should be executed by being made to be a test dummy in a test car (like a Yugo). If the first impact does not kill him he should be a text dummy in a small plastic trash can hit by a large truck.

And televise the whole event.
30 posted on 12/11/2013 4:30:49 PM PST by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS.. We are DOOMED for several generations. . Who cares? Dem's did and voted!)
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To: kobald

Judge did well enough to be able to retire right after making this ruling.


31 posted on 12/11/2013 6:25:56 PM PST by PAR35
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To: DCBryan1

If you are rich enough to buy (in)justice, you don’t need to hide assets.


32 posted on 12/11/2013 6:27:47 PM PST by PAR35
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To: kobald

Hopefully he will continue to drive and use a concrete light pole or a freight train for brakes at about 90 miles an hour.


33 posted on 12/11/2013 6:30:42 PM PST by sport
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To: a fool in paradise

No, but Ole Ted has been off the sauce for some time now.


34 posted on 12/11/2013 6:33:12 PM PST by sport
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To: kobald

I hope someone kills this piece of garbage


35 posted on 12/11/2013 6:41:33 PM PST by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: kobald
Can't imagine how the families of those killed are feeling with this little punk basically getting totally off.
36 posted on 12/11/2013 6:42:49 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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To: kobald

We expect drunk people to exercise good judgment, yet of course judgment is the first thing to be diminished by alcohol. Why are we still surprised?


37 posted on 12/11/2013 7:01:22 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: GeronL
Defense attorneys argued Couch needed treatment, not jail and suggested a facility that costs almost half a million dollars a year...
The world is insane

I'm sure that being forced to live here instead of at home will impress upon him the wrongness of his actions.

38 posted on 12/13/2013 6:48:10 AM PST by kobald
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To: kobald

I want to know why the OUTRAGED MSM wasn’t so outraged over Ted Kennedy getting a free pass on Chappaquiddick.


39 posted on 12/13/2013 8:16:42 AM PST by NRA1995 (I'd rather be a living "gun culture" member than a dead anti-gun candy-ass.)
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