Skip to comments.Judge orders no jail for teen in fatal car wreck
Posted on 02/06/2014 8:49:43 AM PST by CorporateStepsister
"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."
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This is my community. The rage here is palpable.
There’s no justice in this nation; good to hear that there is a lot of anger at this permissiveness towards a crime on the part of a judge, someone who is actually supposed to know what justice is and what the right thing to do is.
And they couldn’t get a new judge for the second ruling?? Affluenza is not even a word.
Surely, a higher court could overturn her?!
If they could, most conservative in this area would tar and feather this “judge.” And then they would really get serious!
We had a similar case a while back.
Parents were called to the scene to pick up their staggering drunk son at the scene of the 3AM crash that critically injured 4. He did end up getting some jail time out of it but people were enraged that police didn’t arrest him at the time.
what a travesty
This bitch needs to be impeached- This closed court crap is illegal.
“...and could face prison time if he runs away from the facility or violates any other terms of his probation, Alpert said.”
And why wouldn’t he? The state just reinforced his sense of entitlement. We’ll be seeing this guy again.
Is this a new story?
Why in the world would this judge do this? It really can’t even be political. Most liberals that I know would certainly object to letting someone off the hook for a crime because they are rich. In fact, they’d probably want to throw the book at the kid BECAUSE his family is wealthy.
So basically, this judge bought the defense argument that this kid, because of the wealth of his family, was lacking a sense of responsibility. Therefore, the answer is, let him off the hook again??? Since the parents couldn’t instill a sense of responsibility, the judge should have done so.
Photos here of the drunk driving killer and victims....
The parents have accepted responsibility for their son’s behavior.
Once the civil lawsuits are filed, I’ll bet they change that story. Fortunately, the parents are very, very wealthy and there is plenty of money for the plaintiffs to get at.
Van der Sloot in the making.
Any other person would be serving life at the very least. This judge was paid off.
He’ll fit right in when he runs for Congress.
I don’t understand how this guy was able to walk away from the crash while others suffered death
Fort Worth judge declines to add jail time for Couch
She ordered Couch, 16, to enter a lock down addiction treatment facility and
to not drive or use alcohol or drugs for 10 years, according to a news release
from the Tarrant County district attorneys office. She ordered his parents
to pay for his treatment.
Well I’m gonna get harshed on for this but what difference would jail time make? Sending this soft, little white worm to prison to be abused won’t undo the tragedy or rehabilitate him in any way.
It will however, traumatize him enough to want to continue drinking/drugging himself into oblivion.
He’s got 10 years probation... he will very likely do jail time for any violations if he doesn’t straight arrow himself through HS and college and make something of himself.
At least the judge is able to have a comfortable retirement.
*snicker* Now he can’t drive and go about life like his peers until he’s twenty-six; no alcohol either, his social life is going to be dried up for a very long long time.
Tell me about it; parents like that the judge had to be paid off very lavishly.
Anyone else if they were working class would get prison time.
Why should he keep to the requirements of the probation? What happens to him if he violates it.
Jail as the judge said, or prison.
Either way, he’s stuck with a big blot on his permanent record.
How? Generally a sentence is suspended and the person put on probation instead. Violate probation and your prison term is imposed. Correct me if I'm wrong but there was no prison sentence, suspended or otherwise, in this case. He was sentenced to rehab and probation. So if he violates probation then what can they do? Send him back to rehab? Extend his probation? How can they give him prison time when there was none to begin with?
except he can get drunk, get back in a car and do it again.
If he violates his probation then won't they have to charge him, try him, and convict him before he gets any jail? What will keep some judge from letting him ride again? He's not responsible for his actions. He doesn't know right from wrong.
You are probably right. Most probably because they can’t afford quality legal representation and are stuck with public defenders. And because their parents can’t afford locked down rehab treatment.
Doesn't the judge have to give him a prison sentence to begin with so there is something to apply if he violates his probation? The sentence was rehab and probation. No prison time, suspended or otherwise. If he violates his probation under his current sentence then they can't impose a prison sentence that doesn't exist. They would have to arrest him, charge him, try him, and convict him before they can put him in prison, wouldn't they? Just another chance for his lawyers to work out a plea based on his upbringing.
Well, look at it this way; any prospective employer will end up looking this up and frankly finding out that he got away with murder because of citing “Affluenza” and this will be a blot on the social life of his parents and a stain on their family name as well. He won’t get away with it when he face St. Peter at the pearly gates and face his victims and then there is the civil suit.
In so many ways, a nightmare is just beginning.
Doubtful. Assuming he makes it to the working world without killing himself or anyone else, family influence and friends will get him a job. And the family has a bunch of stains on their name already. Another one won't cause them any lost sleep.
...and then there is the civil suit.
Texas is a tort reform state. Damages are capped. They probably have insurance to cover it as well.