Teen Who Killed Four People Got Off On Probation Because He's Rich

A 16-year-old boy who drunkenly killed four people got probation this week because the judge — with no apparent irony — agreed with the boy's defense that he was a victim of "affluenza," whose parents taught him wealth and privilege shield consequences. The teen had faced up to twenty years in prison.
Sixteen-year-old Ethan Couch admitted to four counts of manslaughter after he and seven other boys stole alcohol from Walmart, piled into his car and struck and killed four pedestrians while going 70 miles per hour in a 40 zone. One of his passengers remains in the hospital with severe brain damage, and nine other bystanders were also injured.
Couch's BAC was a .24 and he also had Valium in his system. According to reports, he was belligerent at the scene, at one point saying, "I'm outta here." Prosecutors were hoping to get up to 20 years.
Couch's defense was that he was a victim of his parents' wealth and privilege; in that he never had to face consequences, which an expert summarized prior to sentencing.
He said Couch got whatever he wanted. As an example, Miller said Couch's parents gave no punishment after police ticketed the then-15-year-old when he was found in a parked pickup with a passed out, undressed 14-year-old girl.
Miller also pointed out that Couch was allowed to drive at 13. He said the teen was emotionally flat and needed years of therapy. At the time of the fatal wreck, Couch had a blood alcohol content of .24, said Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson. It is illegal for a minor to drive with any amount of alcohol in his or her system.
The victims' families sort of agree with the reasoning, in that they too feel that Couch's privilege helped him avoid consequences.
Comment:
There you have it people.  There ARE two Americas:  One for the one percent where they call the shots and never have to take responsibility for their actions, and one for the rest of us where we pay for everything, have little say in what happens, and are forced to take responisbility for our actions.  For example, a poor kid steals a car and gets five years in prison.  A rich kid steals a car (for a joy ride) and gets probation.  Real fair, huh?
When will people learn that we the 99% mean nothing to the one percent?  It's like back in the day when we had the ruling nobility and the rest of us were peasants.  Are things really all that different today?  Sure we have a few rights now that didn't exist back then, but it's still the same old story:  A small minority has all the money and power, and the rest of us serve them - one way or another.
I don't mean to imply that none of us should have to pay for our actions.  We ALL must take responsibility for what we do.  I simply meant that it's galling that we have to pay and the rich don't.
If you're tired of having to pay for your actions while the rich get away with murder, then $upport us as much as you can.  Things are NOT improving since the Dark Ages.   Indeed we seem to be making a backward journey to those glorious Middle Ages when the rich and powerful burned a man who dared stand up to them.
Dan 88!

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