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Thursday, February 06, 2014

The families of victims who were injured or killed in a drunken-driving crash in Texas expressed outrage Wednesday after the teen driver who avoided jail time in the crash was ordered to go to a rehabilitation facility paid for by his parents. State District 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.

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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.

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.

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Let the civil trials begin.

#1 | Posted by 726 at 2014-02-06 12:09 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

726, Oh yeah and based on this....

"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."

My guess is that there are some deep pockets. Either high insurance limits or other assets.

#2 | Posted by eberly at 2014-02-06 12:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

This kid is a job creator. We're lucky he condescends to be on the roads as us.

#3 | Posted by Sully at 2014-02-06 12:19 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

This is an old, old, story. Rich people can buy their way out of anything. Laws just don't apply to them. Let some poor slob rob a store of $20 and he'll get 20 years. A rich kid kills some people, and he'll skate.

#4 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2014-02-06 01:12 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 4

What's that? A Texas, Republican judge gave a light sentence to the child of a wealthy White family? Well, I for one am SHOCKED!

#5 | Posted by censored at 2014-02-06 01:30 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

20 years is a bit much but he does deserve to learn some consequences.

#6 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2014-02-06 01:33 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Let's hear the leader of the GOP (Rush Limbaugh)
criticize this verdict on his program, America
wants to hear his opinion........

#7 | Posted by saginawmi at 2014-02-06 01:48 PM | Reply | Flag:

child of a wealthy White family? Well, I for one am SHOCKED!

#5 | Posted by censored at 2014-02-06 01:30 PM | Reply | Flag

White has nothing to do with it.

#8 | Posted by soheifox at 2014-02-06 02:04 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2

Bull Crap If this kid had been African American and Wealthy he would've been dealt with alot differently.

#9 | Posted by ReagansNads at 2014-02-06 02:10 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Bull Crap If this kid had been African American and Wealthy he would've been dealt with alot differently.

#9 | Posted by ReagansNads at 2014-02-06 02:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

Like OJ?

#10 | Posted by Sully at 2014-02-06 02:14 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 3

I think the most critical question is: Can he use the Affluenza defense twice if he kills again? I mean, its obvious this kid will never be less rich.

#11 | Posted by Zed at 2014-02-06 02:22 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

#4 | POSTED BY SOMEBODYELSE
Snoop said it best with one of his shirts-
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#12 | Posted by Whizzo at 2014-02-06 03:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

Texas Justice for rich white boys. You can be sure a black boy would at least be in jail.

#13 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-02-06 03:28 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

#13 | POSTED BY NUTCASE

Remove the racial component and you are probably correct.

#14 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-02-06 03:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

"You can be sure a black boy would at least be in jail."

that comment is just begging for some racist come backs.

all in good taste....of course. :-)

#15 | Posted by eberly at 2014-02-06 03:36 PM | Reply | Flag:


Texas Justice for rich white boys. You can be sure a black boy would at least be in jail.

#13 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-02-06 03:28 PM | Reply | Flag

Didn't know OJ was white!

#16 | Posted by moneywar at 2014-02-06 04:42 PM | Reply | Flag:

Being white in American has built in advantages from birth. Add money to that and you have basically a invincible citizen. Black unarmed children can get gunned down for defending themselves against a armed vigilantly and people celebrate; white kids kills 4 driving drunk and he gets rehab.
Oh how nice it is to be white in America.

#17 | Posted by ron81 at 2014-02-06 06:30 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

Market Forces have spoken. Who are we to question?

#18 | Posted by blah at 2014-02-06 06:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

ron81 is full of crap, nothing but convoluted racial bashing at its best.

#19 | Posted by moneywar at 2014-02-06 06:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

There's an old cure for youth with 'Affluenza".

It's called military service.

#20 | Posted by Tor at 2014-02-06 07:16 PM | Reply | Flag:

Being rich and well connected has its advantages, but it should never include injustice. We've seen too many crony relationships in the segregated (but not black and white segregated) NYC money industries and how it works.

This kid needs punished if only for fairness outside of his family wealth, although to be honest wealth is relative, and he is more likely a toady that in the real elitist crowd akin to oligarch status , he would not get a second look. It's wrong.

#21 | Posted by Robson at 2014-02-06 07:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

The disparity in sentencing between black and white offenders is well documented. The data is clear. A black male is more likely to be arrested, more likely to be convicted and more likely to get a longer sentence than a white male.

#22 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2014-02-06 08:28 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

The little turd at least needs to support the next of kin the rest of their lives.

#23 | Posted by Tor at 2014-02-06 08:32 PM | Reply | Flag:

The disparity is for a reason, which are usually guilty of the crime and which are usually repeat offenders.

#24 | Posted by moneywar at 2014-02-06 08:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

There's no word to adequately describe this travesty of justice.

Ted K's Chappaquiddick venture was fixed by daddy Joe's money. When Ted arrived at daddy's manse dripping wet, old Joe picked up the phone and rang the whiz kid who gave us the Edsell, and was more than a little involved in the slaughter of tens of thousands Americans and others in mass murderer LBJ's Nam. Mary Jo Kopechne didn't get the media crocodile tears that Trayvon got. Nor the dissing they wealthy Texans got.

#26 | Posted by carleodo at 2014-02-06 10:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

moneywar doesn't get it, barring publicity that creates unusual political pressure, justice in america is for sale to the highest bidder. OJ bought four $1000 an hour attorneys for 11 months. Race and farce were front and center the entire time.

#27 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-02-06 10:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

#24 | POSTED BY MONEYWAR
The disparity is for a reason, which are usually guilty of the crime

"...sentences of blacks were on average 15.2% longer than the sentences of similarly situated whites, according to the Sentencing Commission report. Between December 2007 and September 2011, the most recent period covered in the report, sentences of black males were 19.5% longer than those for whites. The analysis also found that black males were 25% less likely than whites in the same period to receive a sentence below the guidelines' range."

online.wsj.com

This is sentencing. They all were guilty.

#28 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2014-02-06 10:59 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

"You can be sure a black boy would at least be in jail."

Racist flag! Only the term 'white boy' is acceptable in print, film and liberal forums.

#29 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-02-07 02:07 AM | Reply | Flag:

Bush was AWOL drunk and on coke.

He still got to be president....well, actually he lost but you know how that turned out.

It won't be a "Kristallnacht" it will be more like the Holocost when the people rise up and strip the 1% ers of thier ill gotten gain.

Might as well throw the GOP in the ovens too for what they have done to this great nation of ours.

#30 | Posted by drewl at 2014-02-07 02:05 PM | Reply | Flag:

Let the civil trials begin.

#1 | Posted by 726

Good point, 726. I halfway suspect the court went lean on the bum just to allow the family to have its money pillaged that way.

#31 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-02-08 02:24 AM | Reply | Flag:

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