Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Irony of Affluenza

If you have had your head under a rock for the past few days, you missed the Affluenza Defense set out by the defense attorneys of 16-year old Ethan Couch, who was found guilty of going for more beer (they had already stolen some from Walmart) in his dad's pickup whereafter he crashed and killed four people.  Here's a NY Times piece on it.

It's terrible.

Here's what's worse.  The judge in the case bought the defense's argument for a lesser sentence because poor Ethan Couch hadn't had a mommy and daddy who snatched him up and busted his tail every so often when he got mouthy or out of line.  Because his parents didn't set boundaries, they argued, Ethan Couch didn't know how to act in society.

And the judge bought it.  Judge Jean Boyd sentenced him to probation and a stay at a long-term rehab facility.

And the irony:  by letting the kid off with probation and rehab, the judge has participated in and perpetuated whatever state of stupidity and irresponsibility Ethan Couch lives in.

And that's just wrong.  Four people are dead.  And a rehab facility has another celebrity-ish client.

Wrong.  Wrong.  Wrong.

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