Judge again gives no jail to teen in fatal drunken wreck where expert suggested 'affluenza'

  • Article by: NOMAAN MERCHANT , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 6, 2014 - 12:20 AM

FORT WORTH, Texas — A judge on Wednesday ordered a Texas teenager who was sentenced to 10 years' probation in a drunken-driving crash that killed four people to go to a rehabilitation facility paid for by his parents.

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erikj3Feb. 5, 14 6:35 PM

Still think there aren't two justice systems in America?

nomedsFeb. 5, 14 7:20 PM

Too bad someone can't check the offshore bank accounts to see how much the Judge received from the wealthy parents. Hiding money offshore is so easy. All one has to do is setup a nonprofit organization with a bank account with zero ties to someone like the Judge.

lakimFeb. 5, 14 7:47 PM

If the teen were black he would never have received this "sweet" deal. Also there would be many more comments here. #truth

johneramone4Feb. 5, 14 8:11 PM

If the teen were black he would never have received this "sweet" deal.. I agree. Unless of course he was also a celebrity and the jury was stacked with minorities... It is a shame though that in this country, guilt or innocence is often connected to the personal wealth of the accused.

rshacklefordFeb. 5, 14 8:45 PM

This is just unbelievable. What is next: A cop witnesses vehicular manslaughter and asks the perpetrator (guilty person) for a bank statement showing that he/she has so much money that he/she doesn't understand what is wrong with running someone over???? I did see Couch on TV and I have to say, he would not last two seconds in prison. And, STRIB, please do not close-down commenting on this article. This is happening in Texas and any appeals will not likely be sent to Minnesota. The public deserves to have a good discussion about the total lack of justice here. Thank you.

vikings1Feb. 5, 14 9:25 PM

Just ridiculous. What has this kid learned? He's learned that as long as he has money he can get away with murder. Great judicial system they have in Texas.

tooty123Feb. 5, 14 9:41 PM

Texas justice system is whatever a rich non-minority person can pay. And, the state just keeps on executing people even though many have been found innocent. It is a scary judicial system in Texas.

felsiteFeb. 5, 1410:36 PM

Perhaps once his parents are sued into the poorhouse he will no longer 'suffer' from affluenza.

shallmanFeb. 6, 14 1:21 PM

Who is going to take care of the two survivors for the rest of their lives? The taxpayers? Or can they sue the family's insurance company for damages? Or, maybe, this is already a moot point. Money changes everything!

carlbsFeb. 6, 14 1:43 PM

"But Wynn lauded Boyd for giving Couch probation and recognizing the possibility that he could be reformed better in a rehab facility that in prison." >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> According to this logic, a poor kid would REALLY "be reformed better in a rehab facility that in prison." Funny, I've never heard of that happening.


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