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No jail for rich ‘affluenza’ teen, Ethan Couch, after deadly wreck: judge
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Posted on 03/03/2014 10:02:24 PM PST by chessplayer

For a second time, a Texas judge sentenced Ethan Couch to 10 years' probation for a wreck that killed four people. The ruling in Fort Worth on Wednesday was the same previously made by the judge. Prosecutors had asked the judge to sentence the 16-year-old to 20 years in state custody.

FORT WORTH, Texas — A judge on Wednesday ordered a Texas teenager who was sentenced to 10 years’ probation in a drunken-driving crash that killed four people to go to a rehabilitation facility paid for by his parents.

Wynn and prosecutor Richard Alpert would not identify the facility where Couch will go or where it is located. The teen’s family previously had offered to pay for Couch to go to a $450,000-a-year rehabilitation center near Newport Beach, Calif.

There is NO MINIMUM AMOUNT OF TIME Couch must spend in the facility before his release, prosecutor Riley Shaw said.

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So he can check in and check out 5 minutes later. Wow, that'll learn him.
1 posted on 03/03/2014 10:02:24 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

this is insane


2 posted on 03/03/2014 10:02:55 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: chessplayer

This is beyond infuriating.


3 posted on 03/03/2014 10:18:40 PM PST by Lizavetta
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To: chessplayer
Couch was 16 at the time of the accident. His blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit for an adult and there were traces of Valium in his system when he lost control of his pickup truck and plowed into a group of people helping a woman whose car had stalled. Seven passengers were riding in Couch’s truck. One, Sergio Molina, is paralyzed and can communicate only by blinking. The other, Solimon Mohmand, suffered numerous broken bones and internal injuries.

Y'all tell me again how great Texaa is?

Justice bought and paid for.
Little murderer out without and about to do it again.

4 posted on 03/03/2014 10:26:53 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: chessplayer

Its almost as if this teen was a politician from a rich family or a movie star.


5 posted on 03/03/2014 10:43:23 PM PST by funfan
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To: Tainan

The great state of Texas isn’t to blame for this. I would sentence the judge and punk each a long hitch in prison for this..unless it was a carload of illegal invaders who were hit. That would change everything. Time served and invaders pay damages to the truck.


6 posted on 03/03/2014 10:44:44 PM PST by Into the Vortex
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To: chessplayer

There is so much wrong with this story.

The unremorseful little turd getting away with his actions that resulted in deaths. I saw some brief footage of him and it looked to me like self-assured smugness. What a piece of garbage.

What kind of legitimate facility charges $450,000 for rehab? None. Only a money-making machine.


7 posted on 03/03/2014 10:56:04 PM PST by KJC1
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To: Into the Vortex

He was 16; at 18 he would definitely have gone to jail, regardless of who he was, but the laws are different for under 18. Right or wrong, the laws ARE different, and the judge was probably ruling as the law required.


8 posted on 03/03/2014 11:36:57 PM PST by Glenmore
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To: chessplayer

I don’t think he can check out. The story is kind of screwed up. Who provided the alcohol and Valium? I’ve met people who killed people drunk diving. 20 years might had been merciful.


9 posted on 03/03/2014 11:42:02 PM PST by the_daug
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To: KJC1

First thing I’d want to know is, what are the judges connections to the rehab facility. Family member, silent partner, referral kick-backs. It’s a smart bet there’s something rotten here.

There is a rehab in my county that was started by the wife of a local superior court judge. He retired and I don’t know if either of them is still living but the old connections to the courthouse are still providing a nice income for the business.


10 posted on 03/03/2014 11:42:44 PM PST by beelzepug (if any alphabets are watchin', I'll be coming home right after the meetin')
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To: KJC1

One in Newport Beach, California charges 450,000.


11 posted on 03/03/2014 11:45:18 PM PST by the_daug
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To: chessplayer
hep - ho!
12 posted on 03/03/2014 11:48:09 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: the_daug

Wynn and prosecutor Richard Alpert would not identify the facility where Couch will go or where it is located. The teen’s family previously had offered to pay for Couch to go to a $450,000-a-year rehabilitation center near Newport Beach, Calif.


13 posted on 03/03/2014 11:50:18 PM PST by the_daug
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To: KJC1

That’s a lot of $ to most of us, but $450K/year is really only @ $1200/day which is not that outrageous for a first class rehab facility. I’d bet the Betty Ford center in Palm Springs and other top of the line facilities that cater to the rich and famous all charge in that range. Most patients only stay in rehab for 1-3 months.


14 posted on 03/03/2014 11:51:50 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: chessplayer

future Democrat politician. Maybe future Democrat president


15 posted on 03/04/2014 12:15:16 AM PST by RginTN
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To: chessplayer

Just wrong on so many levels.

I understand that the juvenile justice system is geared towards rehabilitation rather than incarceration. That might be fine for the kid who does something stupid, but relatively harmless in the grand scheme of things. But not for a mass murderer, which is *exactly* what this little SOB is. He took four lives, and ruined a fifth (the man he paralyzed). He deserves to spend the rest of his life behind bars.


16 posted on 03/04/2014 12:19:23 AM PST by DemforBush (A Repo Man is *always* intense.)
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To: chessplayer

Judge Jean Boyd is not seeking re-election and that’s a shame because I would like to vote against her tomorrow.


17 posted on 03/04/2014 12:21:39 AM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: chessplayer

18 posted on 03/04/2014 12:26:58 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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19 posted on 03/04/2014 12:27:40 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: EDINVA

This rehab costs in one year more than a Harvard or Stanford education over 4 years costs, to be very very modest, and raises definite issues.


20 posted on 03/04/2014 12:29:10 AM PST by KJC1
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To: the_daug
One in Newport Beach, California charges 450,000.

I know they do it, but I said "legitimate" facility. Taking advantage of people willing to pay does not qualify as "legitimate". That's not an attack on you for your comment, I just find this outrageous.

21 posted on 03/04/2014 12:45:15 AM PST by KJC1
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To: beelzepug

You never know, but your line of thinking is right.


22 posted on 03/04/2014 12:48:51 AM PST by KJC1
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To: EDINVA

If they stay that long.

I am the oldest of 4 my middle sister got saddled with our baby brother after he blew the money he sold the paid for trailer our mom had owned o her death. He always lived with her. He is a alcoholic. Only keeps a job because they cover for him. I am not that tender of heart for people like my brother. He will not admit he is an addict, nor seek medical help. He is 52,looks 75. Shakes, can barely walk, DT’s after 2 hrs and no booze. I’d let him pass out and call the cops and say he was screaming irrationally about committing suicide. And let them haul him off for 30 day mental evaluation.

He need not come to me, baby sis does not want him either.


23 posted on 03/04/2014 12:59:23 AM PST by GailA (IF you fail to keep your promises to the Military, you won't keep them to Citizens!)
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To: chessplayer
Everyone is not equal. The life of this 'kid' is worth much more than those of the four people killed and one paralyzed. After all, this 'kid' comes from a wealthy family, while the others were from more normal means.

At least, that is what the so called 'Justice' System is saying in this case, and has been saying in many other cases.

A poor/average person speeding drunk - but not being in an accident - faces real jail time, while this 'kid' can destroy lives with no real punishment. A poor/average person caught with bags of weed and/or meth faces strong prospects of prison time, but a rich spoilt brat can have heroin and cocaine, and at most face rehab. A poor/average person may face a horrible time simply by video taping a police officer on a cellphone, but a rich person can shoot his wife outside a restaurant and nothing happens.

All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.

24 posted on 03/04/2014 1:34:02 AM PST by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: Glenmore
That is a veritable statement - the legal system may simply be following established sentencing protocol. However , I believe - and I may be wrong - but I strongly believe that were the 'kid' not from a wealthy family the sentence would have been different. Let's make everything the same - same age, same number of people killed/paralyzed, same level of blood alcohol at 3 times limit, same level of drugs in the chap's system, same race. The only difference is make the person some poor white kid from a trailer park.

If Trailerpark Joe would get the same ruling, then the sentencing was purely based on established protocol. However, I highly suspect that Trailerpark Joe would be facing the heavy hand of the law. Texas is a state that believes in personal responsibility and accountability strongly, and the judge would surely punish TP Joe. Hard.

Exceptions are however made for the wealthy.

25 posted on 03/04/2014 1:41:52 AM PST by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: chessplayer

Liberals believe in special treatment for their darlings: for the connected (especially Kennedys), for the rich (especially if they donate to liberal political campaigns), and for minorities. What they hate and fear most about decent Americans is that conservatives believe in far less government control over individuals, but we also believe that good laws should be enforced equally for all Americans.


26 posted on 03/04/2014 2:54:34 AM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: chessplayer
Romans 12:19 New International Version (NIV)

19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[a] says the Lord.
27 posted on 03/04/2014 3:57:15 AM PST by Old Yeller (In Latin, the word sinister means left. Which is appropriate for left-wingers.)
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To: Tainan

Texas is still great despite this case ruling. What ... This doesn’t happen in other states?


28 posted on 03/04/2014 4:14:00 AM PST by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: the_daug

I know a guy who killed someone in a car accident. He has no memory of the incident, and was never in legal trouble over it. However, he continues to beat himself up about it, and is terrified of driving again.

Sometimes, prison helps the perpetrator as well as serving society. The perpetrator who has a conscience and spends time in prison then feels he has been properly punished and is able to get on with his life.

This kid needs to be punished, regardless of whether he feels he did anything wrong. Otherwise, he is likely to repeat the behavior. Maybe when he is an adult, the law won’t be so lenient.


29 posted on 03/04/2014 4:23:24 AM PST by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: Old Yeller

Romans 13 says that civil authorities are to be a “minister of God,a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.


30 posted on 03/04/2014 4:26:57 AM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: chessplayer

May the victim’s families do better in the civil court.


31 posted on 03/04/2014 4:28:43 AM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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Do not take revenge, my dear friends ..

Looks good on paper .. perhaps more instructive however to hear that some of the survivors played cowboys vs rich punk on the spoiled little bastard.

32 posted on 03/04/2014 4:39:59 AM PST by tomkat (3%+1)
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To: Tainan

Its the judge and every state has some really bad ones.The state is fine.


33 posted on 03/04/2014 4:42:40 AM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: GailA

Almost every family has a dead lick in their midst including mine. When my mother passes “he” is in for one hell of a wake up call.


34 posted on 03/04/2014 4:49:50 AM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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Y’all tell me again how great Texaa is?
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Texans don’t like the outcome any better but we have to live with it...and he will too. He and his parents are facing a life-time of civil suits. If he ever leaves Texas, your state, town, or neighborhood could be his next destination.

As I have said before, I love my state but this isn’t heaven down here. Texas still has the great spirit America once had, and even more...and some of its faults.


35 posted on 03/04/2014 5:21:16 AM PST by Texicanus (Texas, it's a whole 'nother country.)
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To: fella

After this , she is set for life. She won’t have to ever work again.


36 posted on 03/04/2014 5:28:11 AM PST by sport
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To: Texicanus

This incident and its outcome has touched us in many ways. Down here you will find prayer and the belief that GOD still exists. Our prayers and sympathy go out to both sides of this tragedy, especially the innocent victims.

We are shaken because if not for the grace of god, it could have been anyone of us having to deal with this mess.

We really try to love our neighbors in their times of need. We aren’t all heathens down here. Still, a few of us haven’t seen the light. But there is hope...

As fellow human beings, pray for these people, and in your own way.


37 posted on 03/04/2014 6:02:40 AM PST by Texicanus (Texas, it's a whole 'nother country.)
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Judge Jean Boyd is not seeking re-election...

She probably no longer needs the paycheck. A family that can pay $450,000 for a year in rehab can easily afford twice that for a judge.

38 posted on 03/04/2014 6:06:07 AM PST by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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the judge was probably ruling as the law required

The judge ruled as the law allowed, not required. Remember, prosecutors asked for a 20 year sentence. So I'm guessing that the sentencing range had to be at least 0 to 20 years.

39 posted on 03/04/2014 6:09:37 AM PST by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: chessplayer

This is the worst case of a lawyer coming up with just anything to get his client off. His lawyer should be disbarred immediately for malfeasance.


40 posted on 03/04/2014 6:27:54 AM PST by maxwellsmart_agent
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To: al_c
What ... This doesn’t happen in other states?

Not that I've ever heard.

41 posted on 03/04/2014 6:46:41 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: freedomfiter2
May the victim’s families do better in the civil court.

Texas is a tort reform state. Any damages are capped.

42 posted on 03/04/2014 6:47:21 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: chessplayer

And when he breaks his probabtion, and we all know he will, what then? Usually when someone breaks their probation then they go back to prison to serve the remainder of their sentence. But there is no prison sentence in this case to impose. So do they send him back to rehab?


43 posted on 03/04/2014 6:49:22 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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What state had O.J. on trial?

Yep ... Bad judgements happen in all states.


44 posted on 03/04/2014 7:41:11 AM PST by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: DoodleDawg

Well, what’s the cap for the paralyzed victim?


45 posted on 03/04/2014 7:59:00 AM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: GailA

From your description, it sounds like baby bro is doing himself in and probably won’t make 60, maybe not even 55. Sad when people choose to do that, refuse any meaningful help. I’m sorry you’ve had to live with that.


46 posted on 03/04/2014 8:39:58 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: al_c
What state had O.J. on trial?

OJ, agree or disagree, was found not guilty. I've never heard of another case where a drunk kid kills four and gets off scott-free.

47 posted on 03/04/2014 8:58:39 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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Well, what’s the cap for the paralyzed victim?

Depends on the economic damages. Less than a million.

48 posted on 03/04/2014 9:11:35 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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That’s pathetic.


49 posted on 03/04/2014 9:27:19 AM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: chessplayer
The "affluenza" defense sounded like a bad piece of satire, something that you'd read in The Onion or something like that.

We've come to the point where nobody is held responsible for his actions anymore. Rather, we have an upside down world where perpetrators are the victims of non-existent "mental illnesses" invented by their defense teams. As far as I'm concerned, a spoiled brat getting away with homicide with a trumped-up defense like "affluenza" is no different from minorities using "racism" as their excuse for their anti-social behavior.

50 posted on 03/04/2014 11:29:55 AM PST by ek_hornbeck
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