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Judge orders no jail for teen in fatal car wreck
MSN News ^ | February 6, 2014 | By Nomaan Merchant of AP

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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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: affluenza; defenseattorney; fortworth; hearing; jail; judge; prosecutors; reporters; sentence; statecustody; texas

1 posted on 02/06/2014 8:49:43 AM PST by CorporateStepsister
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To: CorporateStepsister

This is my community. The rage here is palpable.


2 posted on 02/06/2014 8:51:06 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude

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.


3 posted on 02/06/2014 8:54:55 AM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: CorporateStepsister

And they couldn’t get a new judge for the second ruling?? Affluenza is not even a word.


4 posted on 02/06/2014 8:55:10 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Vaquero

Apparently not.


5 posted on 02/06/2014 8:55:29 AM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: CorporateStepsister; Vaquero

Surely, a higher court could overturn her?!


6 posted on 02/06/2014 8:58:24 AM PST by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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To: CorporateStepsister

If they could, most conservative in this area would tar and feather this “judge.” And then they would really get serious!


7 posted on 02/06/2014 8:58:56 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude

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.


8 posted on 02/06/2014 9:00:55 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: CorporateStepsister

what a travesty


9 posted on 02/06/2014 9:06:16 AM PST by Nifster
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To: CorporateStepsister

This bitch needs to be impeached- This closed court crap is illegal.


10 posted on 02/06/2014 9:06:32 AM PST by matthew fuller (Our enemy list- http://www.nraila.org/news-issues/fact-sheets/2004/anti-gun-lobbying-organizations..)
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To: CorporateStepsister

“...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.


11 posted on 02/06/2014 9:16:21 AM PST by TalBlack
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To: CorporateStepsister

Is this a new story?


12 posted on 02/06/2014 9:18:10 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: CorporateStepsister

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.


13 posted on 02/06/2014 9:20:39 AM PST by stremba
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To: CorporateStepsister

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.


14 posted on 02/06/2014 9:22:26 AM PST by stremba
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To: CorporateStepsister

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2521743/Ethan-Couch-crash-Drink-driving-teen-killed-spared-jail-hes-rich.html

Photos here of the drunk driving killer and victims....


15 posted on 02/06/2014 9:26:40 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: fwdude
Good. What this idiot judge is saying is that since the brat is spoiled rotten already, we should spoil him even more. Insane black-robed psychopath needs kicking off the bench.
16 posted on 02/06/2014 9:28:35 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: CorporateStepsister

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.


17 posted on 02/06/2014 9:34:20 AM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: CorporateStepsister

Van der Sloot in the making.


18 posted on 02/06/2014 9:37:31 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: CorporateStepsister

Any other person would be serving life at the very least. This judge was paid off.


19 posted on 02/06/2014 9:38:07 AM PST by bgill
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To: CorporateStepsister

He’ll fit right in when he runs for Congress.


20 posted on 02/06/2014 9:40:50 AM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: dennisw

I don’t understand how this guy was able to walk away from the crash while others suffered death


21 posted on 02/06/2014 10:40:23 AM PST by Henderson (Occupy your own home.)
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To: CorporateStepsister

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 attorney’s office. She ordered his parents
to pay for his treatment.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/02/05/5544125/judge-declines-to-add-jail-time.html#my-headlines-default?rh=1#storylink=cpy


22 posted on 02/06/2014 10:53:55 AM PST by deport
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To: CorporateStepsister

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.


23 posted on 02/06/2014 11:48:58 AM PST by Valpal1 (If the police can t solve a problem with violence, they ll find a way to fix it with brute force)
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To: fwdude

At least the judge is able to have a comfortable retirement.


24 posted on 02/06/2014 4:08:49 PM PST by PAR35
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To: deport

*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.


25 posted on 02/06/2014 5:20:57 PM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: bgill

Tell me about it; parents like that the judge had to be paid off very lavishly.


26 posted on 02/06/2014 5:21:43 PM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: Valpal1

Anyone else if they were working class would get prison time.


27 posted on 02/06/2014 5:23:04 PM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: CorporateStepsister
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.

Why should he keep to the requirements of the probation? What happens to him if he violates it.

28 posted on 02/06/2014 5:24:49 PM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: DoodleDawg

Jail as the judge said, or prison.

Either way, he’s stuck with a big blot on his permanent record.


29 posted on 02/06/2014 5:27:48 PM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: TalBlack
“...and could face prison time if he runs away from the facility or violates any other terms of his probation, Alpert said.”

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?

30 posted on 02/06/2014 5:29:27 PM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: Valpal1

except he can get drunk, get back in a car and do it again.


31 posted on 02/06/2014 5:34:25 PM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: Valpal1
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.

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.

32 posted on 02/06/2014 5:35:10 PM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: CorporateStepsister

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.

Stinks.


33 posted on 02/06/2014 5:39:57 PM PST by Valpal1 (If the police can t solve a problem with violence, they ll find a way to fix it with brute force)
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To: CorporateStepsister
Jail as the judge said, or prison.

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.

34 posted on 02/06/2014 5:42:49 PM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: DoodleDawg

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.


35 posted on 02/06/2014 5:46:02 PM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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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.

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.

36 posted on 02/06/2014 5:54:43 PM PST by DoodleDawg
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