Ethan Couch escaped jail time for getting deeply drunk, getting behind the wheel and killing four people in Tarrant County, Texas. His trial ended shockingly, with the presiding judge giving Couch no prison time because the 16-year-old supposedly has “affluenza.” His indulgent parents never set boundaries for him, and gave him everything he ever wanted, leading him to grow up with a sense of entitlement and a breezy disregard for others.
Based on the evidence, he does have “affluenza,” even though that’s not a real thing, thanks to his criminal parents. The best cure for that would have been to jail him for a very long time. The judge gave him probation instead.
Couch has not been tried over the injuries sustained by the two friends who were riding with him. One of those friends has massive internal injuries, while the other is paralyzed for life.
The Tarrant Couty DA is looking to charge Couch for their injuries.
“During his recent trial, the 16-year-old admitted his guilt in four cases of intoxication manslaughter and two cases of intoxication assault. There has been no verdict formally entered in the two intoxication assault cases. Every case deserves a verdict,” Shannon said. “The District Attorney’s Office is asking the court to incarcerate the teen on the two intoxication assault cases.”
The maximum sentence Couch faces on those charges is three years behind bars.
That’s literally the least that he deserves.
Oh, and Judge Jean Boyd should be tossed from the bench for being such a fool.