Ethan Couch, appearing in court December 2013.
(photo: AP Photo/KDFW-FOX 4)
If you haven’t heard about this case, you might be surprised this is even a thing that exists. If anything, this proves just how low into the depths of Hell society has sunk.
First, the backstory.
Back in June 2013, 16-year-old North Texas teen Ethan Couch, whose parents are worth 15 million dollars, decided it would be real cool to steal two cases of beer from a Walmart, then drive drunk at 70 MPH in a 40 MPH zone with seven people in his dad’s Ford F-350 pickup while under the influence of not just alcohol, but Valium.
Couch’s blood-alcohol content was 0.24 at the time, three times over the legal limit in Texas.
At nearly three times the legal alcohol limit, Couch sped nearly twice the speed limit down a dark, rural road in the truck equivalent of a clown car (in which no one was wearing a seat belt, of course). Inevitably he came upon a patch of road where 24-year-old Breanna Mitchell’s SUV had broken down. Three others, a woman and her daughter who lived nearby and a passing youth minister, had all stopped to help Mitchell with her car.
You can see what kind of horrible nightmare this story is headed into.
Couch swerved off the road at just this moment, plowing into the minister’s car which then hit another oncoming car. The truck flipped over, slamming into a tree. Mitchell and the three who stopped to help her were all killed. Eleven more were injured. One with severe brain damage was left paralyzed.
The whole thing is a sick comedy of deadly errors, but here’s where this story actually manages to get worse.
Prosecutors attempted to get 20 years for Couch. Twenty years for the four lives he took and all the others he irrevocably damaged forever. And you know what Couch ended up with?
Ten years’ probation. Probation. That’s it.
Now, do you want to hear why?
Experts argued in court that he suffered from “Affluenza”.
“Affluenza” — a term that combines influenza with affluence, and is defined as “an inability to understand the consequences of one’s actions because of financial privilege.”
Put another way, because Mr. Couch had access to daddy’s money and was coddled all his life, raised as a spoiled brat who could apparently do whatever he wanted whenever he felt like it with no regard for anyone else, grew up so disconnected from reality because of his “privilege” that he could not comprehend how his behavior might effect others.
This is what his trial experts and lawyers argued in his defense… argued and won.
What he needed, his lawyers claimed, was rehabilitation, not prison.
Let’s see how that rehab is going. Here’s a video that reportedly shows Mr. Couch just a few weeks ago:
— h (@BlondeSpectre) December 2, 2015
Beer pong, huh? When the video above was sent to the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, spokesman Terry Grisham responded with:
“He’s allowed due process at every level. [Cases] are not prosecuted or revoked or modified based on hearsay or based on a grainy video that we can’t identify someone in.”
Based on that statement, it isn’t too hard to guess who is lining the pockets of the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, now is it?
And oh by the way, in order to help teach the teen that money can’t save him from everything, the judge has ordered that Couch only has to pay $40/day for the $700/day rehab he is ordered to go to. The taxpayers are paying the rest. Makes sense, right?
At one of the hearings last year, the husband of the wife and daughter Couch killed had this to say:
“Had he not had money to have the defense there, to also have the experts testify, and also offer to pay for the treatment, I think the results would have been different.”
…yeah. Well now Mr. Couch has reportedly absconded. The juvenile equivalent of an arrest warrant has been issued for him. His probation officer says he skipped out on his last appointment. Guess he’s taking a little vacay.
Yep. Seems that rehab is going real well…
— vel (@cutecorpse_) December 3, 2015
@BlondeSpectre I know someone who got 10 years of probation for stealing a laptop. Our justice system is fucked up.
— Jess (@jess_n_elmore) December 3, 2015
How disgusting is it that we live in a society where someone can murder four people due to their egregiously reckless actions, harm a dozen others, and in the end because that person’s daddy has money, he can get away with it literally via the argument “it’s not my fault because I have money“…???
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