A judge in Texas sentenced 16-year-old Ethan Couch to ten years of probation for the crash that killed four people. His lawyers argued he is a victim of a so-called condition called 'affluenza,' a theory that Couch isn't really to blame for his actions because his rich parents never set limits for him and he never learned about consequences. Sergio Molina was riding in the back of Couch's truck that night. He survived the accident, but he is suffering unimaginable consequences and his life will never be the same. Gary Tuchman has his story.
This story is about the kid who once played soccer and had his whole life in front of him, and now, has a whole new life in front of him. I hope there is some restoration of movement as time goes on. This kid's only crime is he got into a car.
Funny but the decision, while unpopular, opens the flood gates for what matters and is necessary: liability. Withhold judgment until the civil process is done.
GRRRRR...WHY was Sergio riding with a DRUNK driver in the first place?
In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises. He boasts of the carvings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord. In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. His ways are always prosperous; he is haughty and your laws are far from him; he sneers at all his ememies. He says to himself, "Nothing will shake me; I'll always be happy and never have trouble." Psalms 10: 2~6
It is with sadness and exasperation that I view this case! It is a miscarriage of justice !
The judge should've made the cost of Sergio's care a prerequisite of the sentence~a tragic story made more tragic by this judge's decision~SMDH!
I just don't buy it. What has our justice system become? What was the judge thinking? What happened to letting common sense prevail, and let the crime fit the time? I can not imagine the pain the victims family are feeling, and this judgment just adds more salt to the wound. Shame.
I dont buy this crap. I DO believe in putting younger people in more of a rehab type setting rather than hard prison. However that "rehab" should be in a redemption (pay dues to society) and therapy type of rehab to get them on a better path but a long probation. AND that type of sentence should be for all young people regardless of socioeconomic status, including race, culture, etc.
What about the thousands of "children" raised in abusive or violent homes or drug sick homes who have given harsh sentences? even tried as adults....they should be the first to get a pass or at least a rehab camp. with life lessons that were missed out at home.
My thoughts exactly. This is outrageous
This is just a sad joke that money, his rich parents paid for. So will they come up with poverenza for those who are poor and impoverished that happen to kill others (by accident). It's just another issue where the wealthy and their money buys their way and where law and politics continues to be bought out.
Should not this boys parents be charged with an accessory to the crime if it is the defense that it was ultimately his parents' fault for indulging him and not providing bo7ndaries or consequences?
Apparently, the Judge believes in 'Affluenza' as well by the sentence she gave.
Unfortunate. Governor Perry...what say you?
One's Life is not worth very much in Texas.
The problem with this 16 year old is he was drunk and killed four people and should get every measure of the law, meaning prison.
If not this will only challenge the law itself and the privileged against the working class. The fat cats against the less fortunate.
The law is supposed to be for all of us not the wealthy and powerful.
My question is this country going to truly live by the promises of fairness for all or just the power mongers.
We should question our culture and promise of fairness and equality for all.
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