Ethan Couch, age 16 – 10 years probation for killing 4 while driving intoxicated.
According to http://dui.drivinglaws.org/texas.php the minimum sentence JUST FOR being intoxicated is 3 to 180 days in jail plus fines.
For vehicular homicide, Texas law mandates 2 to 20 years in prison, according to http://www.madd.org/laws/law-overview/Vehicular_Homicide_Overview.pdf .
The only exceptions are if the person can prove they have acted based on a mental illness.
Thus, Ethan’s defense chose to propose the “affluenza” defense.
Since this young man was allowed to be set free because of the effects of his ECONOMIC SITUATION, it stands to reason that Texas should allow all juveniles who lived in poverty and were convicted of assault, drug charges, theft, etc to be set free, and put on probation.
Matter of fact, any future cases of the aforementioned charges should be null and void for all juveniles, since as the court’s stated, a child cannot be held responsible for any actions they have taken since they are effected so dramatically by their ECONOMIC SITUATION.
UPDATE !!! It has been discovered that this SAME judge sentenced a 14 year old young black teen to 10 years in prison for a much less gruesome offense. So she has nothing to stand on, because this is NOT what she’s done with other teens in the past. See this article to see what the offense was.
If you agree with the absurdity of this, please contact the Texas Judge who gave this sentence and let her know exactly how you feel:
Judge Jean Hudson Boyd
Juvenile Justice Center
2701 Kimbo Road Fort Worth, TX 76111