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"Affluenza": a legitimate disorder or evidence of inequality in our justice system?

A judge on (2-5-14?) ordered that Ethan Couch -- who drove drunk and caused a crash, killing four people and injuring two -- go to a lock-down residential treatment facility.

Last June... Hollie Boyles, and daughter, Shelby, left their home to help Breanna Mitchell, whose SUV had broken down. Brian Jennings, a youth pastor, was driving past and also stopped to help.All four were killed when the teen's pickup plowed into the pedestrians on a road in Burleson, south of Fort Worth. Couch's vehicle also struck a parked car, which then slid into another vehicle headed in the opposite direction.

His story made national headlines after a witness claimed Couch was a victim of "affluenza" -- the product of wealthy, privileged parents who never set limits for the boy.Two people riding in the bed of the teen's pickup were tossed in the crash and severely injured. One is no longer able to move or talk because of a brain injury, while the other suffered internal injuries and broken bones.According to prosecutors, three hours after the crash, tests showed Couch had a blood alcohol content of 0.24, three times the legal limit.

Prosecutors had asked for the maximum of 20 years behind bars. Though the judge and defense attorney state that the defense of "affluenza" had no part in the sentencing many see this as evidence of inequality in the justice system.

The judge ordered that Couch's parents pay for the treatment facility, which was not identified. It was also unclear how long Couch might stay there."This has been a very frustrating experience for me," said prosecutor Richard Alpert. "I'm used to a system where the victims have a voice and their needs are strongly considered. The way the system down here is currently handled, the way the law is, almost all the focus is on the offender."


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    Apr 15 2014: Is povertynza a legitimate disorder in our justice system?

    If a person is a victim of public education via a failing school, should get a get out of jail free card?

    Ignorance of the law should never be a legitimate defense, nor should anybody be above any law.
    Sadly the rich and political own the US justice system, US justice is no better than any tyrant ran country's justice system.
    • Apr 15 2014: Of the wealthy, by the wealthy, and for the wealthy.
    • Apr 16 2014: Don, An apt name for a disease afflicting us all.

      The US government has allowed for 25 or 30 years, the Elite 1% and their own
      Ivy League Grads to take over running us all into the ground. I speak of course,
      to arbitrarily pick a starting point, of Summers, Rubin, Dimon, Blankfein, Friedman,
      Corrigan, Speyer, Prince, Weill, Immelt, Steiner, Geithner, and the Big Banks, like
      Citigroup, JPMorganChase, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo. Members and
      friends in the "good ole boy's club", or is it "birds of a feather".

      There are no Institutions of Higher Learning that guarantee their Product. None.
      The US government guarantees to lend to qualifying students, the money to get
      an education, but neglects to hold the educators feet to the fire. Funny that.

      Our own government, putting naïve children far into debt, for an education never
      guaranteed to be enough to cause a benefit to the student. Then taking the debt
      and using it to borrow money. A childhood burden without par, but with peril.

      To educate, but how well? Then no jobs. What a ripoff.

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