Ethan Couch, 16, stole alcohol from a Walmart, got drunk and took Valium, drove at 70mph through a 40 speed-limit zone, hit four pedestrians and killed all of them. For this crime, he gets probation without any jail time, and the reason for this is shocking: he is filthy rich. So rich, and so spoiled, that the defense was able to convince a judge that because Couch was “a product of wealth and privilege,” he is not to blame for his actions. The defense blamed Couch’s parents, who, conveniently, were not on trial.
“There are some things that even today are just to difficult to talk about,” said Eric Boyles, who lost two loved ones in the crash. “Today could have been a good start.” Boyles was just one of the many people connected to the victims who were devastated by the verdict. Essentially the judge ruled that spoiled kids are not at all responsible for their actions.
Yes, bad parenting leads to bad outcomes, but to say this ruling is a farce. But why would a judge provide anything other than his best judgment? Surely probation, not jail time is what Judge Jean Hudson Boyd believes is right…
Or maybe Texas State Judges are elected, Boyd is up for reelection in 2014, and he could use a wealthy donor to ensure his reelection. I’m sure that has nothing to do with this.