In an attempt to avoid going to jail Ethan Couch fled to Mexico with the aid of his mother. He was arrested an extradited to the United States. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian (The Point) hosts of The Young Turks discuss.
Will Couch see any jail time for this? Let us know in the comments below.
Read more here: http://news.yahoo.com/affluenza-teen-ethan-couch-found-141255891.html?nf=1
"...he was detained Monday in the Mexican Pacific resort town of Puerto Vallarta along with his mother. It's believed Couch may have violated his probation by skipping town earlier this month after he was tied to a video that surfaced online and may show him drinking — a violation of his probation — shortly after he returned home from mental health treatment."
- - CNN
"He got way out ahead of this and got away before any of us knew he was missing ... they [the Couch family] have lots of money, which gives them access to private planes and boats."
- - Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson
Arthur, grab the picture of Couch at the bottom of the article with his hair dyed dark brown."
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He has affluenza because he has never had consequences. The cure is to give him consequences. The first judge should have dutifully acted to cure the poor child's problem firmly and permanently. The parents have likely become incurable, it's just too late for them.
Julia Winkler To be fair, there could be a lot of other reasons for that:
1) there tends to be higher crime rates among the poor
2) Executions are actually generally rare, not that many people are even sentenced to death (about 1500 since 1976).
3) Rich people are a small minority. As of the end of 2016, there were less than 11 million millionaires, which is a pretty small minority for a population of over 300 million.
Wouldn't work unless you're a millionaire! Here is an interesting fact, look and find just one millionaire ever executed in the united states?... You will not find not one it has never happened, it's all money!
You see how stupid rich people are? These are the type of rich people that I live around. They actually believe that their money makes them better than poor people and you can't convince them otherwise because they are too dumb to understand the point that you are making.
As a person from the right, I believe that most people earn their wealth BUT I do NOT believe that money should have a heavy influence on the Justice system BUT I also believe that everyone has their right to an attorney. If they can pay for a better attorney, that is their right.
You can't "fix" a problem with the system without risking to break some other part of the system. It's not perfect. It's not entirely fair. But it's the best we got. If anyone has a solution without risk I'm all ears.
Let's be honest most of the judges are far right and if a rich person goes to court it's more than likely that they won't receive more than probation due to the fact that most of the rich give in more money to the Republicans in return for favors
John Smith We can start by not perverting justice no matter what race you are, no matter how much money you have. If a poor person kill someone without justifiable cause and the law allows 20 years in prison , he should do 20 years in prison. If a rich person kills someone without justifiable cause, he should go to prison for twenty years. No matter what race they are, no matter what their bank account says. That's a real justice system, its that simple. When men, women, or a system perverts justice and shows racism, bigotry, bias, prejudice, and favoritism then you dishonor your creator. You dishonor your countrymen, you dishonor your country, you dishonor your flag. If the victim cries out to the creator because he/she was denied justice when the justice system perverts judgement, THE CREATOR WILL hear their pleas, see their tears, and bear witness to what was done to them. The creator will hold all of the offenders accountable in this life or the next. I can promise you that on my life.
You know the limp wristed so called "Psychologist" can't claim the made up term Affluenza as his own... no. I thought it sounded familiar to me, I couldn't quite get that out of mind where I had heard this before b/c I was sure I had.... well I was right! He can't claim it b/c it belongs to Australian television!! Thats right, I used to watch a lot of British and Australian television shows and when we'd go to stay with my grandparents in South Africa they'd get a LOT of UK and Australia shows as well...... There was an Aussie Cop show called "Blue Heelers" that ran from like 94 up until 05 or 06 anyway one of their episodes was called "AFFLUENZA"!!! :) yep only it had nothing to do with idiots as this, this episode was about illegal gambling in Victoria.
Lock Ethan Couch in a cell with Bubba The Weightlifting Rapist for two years and I guarantee he'll be cured of his "affluenza". He might be HIV positive by the time he leaves prison, but he'll understand the consequences of his actions.
Just read that Couch has waived fighting extradition back the US. Once back, the penal system should treat him like any other criminal who kills 4 people: throw him into a maximum security prison with the "worst of the worst." There, he'll no doubt get "arrested" below the belt!
This case is absurd. This is exactly what happens you you excuse arrogance and ignorance to the rules that govern our society. If you claim that your so spoiled you didn't know there were rules, and then get away with it, you'll do it over, and over and over again. When does this end!?
The reason they got caught is because they left most of the 30,000 dollars in the hotel room when they went out to eat and it was stolen by the hotel employee. Once the news outlet in Mexico said they fled with 30,000 dollar in cash. People in Mexico put two and 30,000 together. Once everyone in Mexico knew they where carrying 30,000 dollars the FTW police weren't the only ones looking for them. About half of Mexico was looking for them. If you carry that kind of cash in Mexico wear a money belt on you always even when you shower. They should have gotten travelers checks. If they are stolen then they can easy be replaced. All there assets where froze in the US so when they used there credit card they were caught. They were the most stupidest criminals on the run that the US has ever seen. They were out of money in a foreign country I think she tried to get a job at the topless place. But her breast where to small and saggy. For what all Ethan Couch did how can you let your mother go to jail for you. Only a gay person would be so nasty as to let there mother go to jail for what he did. I have to think that maybe Ethan Couch is gay. You know they kill gay people in prison.
Un effing believable. I'm sorry but no legit treatment program would send him back to those parents. The kid is a spoiled brat who will never get the chance to redeem himself, if that's even possible, because the adults in his life keep letting him live in a consequence-free world. Shame on all the adults in this kid's life.
If "Affluenza" is damaging this kid so terribly, then it sounds to me like they need to remove the child from an unhealthy home enviroment. After all, if he can't tell the difference between right and wrong because he's so rich, then he needs to be seperated from his riches and placed in a supervised youth home where he gets no special priviledges and has to earn everything he gets, and he has to stay there until he can demonstrate that he has learned the law, how to choose between right and wrong, and can control himself in the future. That seems fair. Then, if he acts in such an unlawful manner in the future, he will have no "Affluenza" upon which to rely. As it is, however, this becoming a permanent "Get Out Of Jail Free" card, which is intolerable.
This is one dysfunctional family ! The mom needs jail for life for being so F..ked up !!!! They give this little turd son jail as a juvenile and release him when he's 18 ! Maybe some one will run over his stupid drunk ass when he gets out !!!
even if there was a white redneck who done the same thing would have got life imprisonment this is not white or black it's of all about money and who got it I'm a black guy even I know a white person would have done the same thing would have had gotten life in prison
If I was playing beer pong with that kid at some point during the drinks kicking in, id be looking at him thinking, wow you killed like 4 people and got probation cause your rich...Then his teeth, like the drinks would be kicking in at the same time.
Their is going to be those that want to put behind the bars the judge, and the mother. With the deaths that he caused, both him and the mother should have the same amount of jail time; 5 Death terms from the crash, maybe 2 or 3 death terms for the mother and more for the running from the police.
Affluenza defense in the first place?? Got off with no jail time at all for killing 4 people and injuring a few I think. Who the hell did they hire as their lawyer?? The ghost of Johnny Cochrane? They should seriously look into the judge of this case to see if he got paid off. And now he only gets 4 months for this fiasco? His mom should at least get the book thrown at her. Like another guy said...anyone who uses this BS Affluenza excuse ...their parents should have to do the time for them.They are responsible for conceiving this piece of shit and not teaching him right from wrong. This piece of human waste makes spoiled brats like Conrad Hilton look like a saint.
The boy is finding out how quickly his so called friends and acquaintances will turn on him.They confessed how they tried to discourage him from driving the night of the tragedy , they post a video of him at a beer pong party, inform authorities of a preflight going away party for him,hinted that he may have gone to Puerto Vallarta and employees at the resort hotel were more than willing to put their 2 cents worth in.The kid has a great future.
To say that he literally got away with murder is a bit of an exaggeration as far as i can tell he was not trying to kill someone so its more like "literally getting away with manslaughter"
Anyway yay! for the reliability of re-occurring stupidity! maybe some justice at last...
And frankly his mom does deserve 10 years for seriously bad parenting!
This is a ridiculous treatment by TYT. The guy didn't commit "murder"- he got in an accident. He was neglected by his rich parents, and "affluenza" was simply a way to explain why his punishment should be reduced because of this. Now he goes to party and TYT is calling for his blood- they want him to go to jail for 10 years. TYT is just another cog in this fucked up criminal justice system.
Y2K What the hell are you talking about moron???? He did not get into a car accident. He was drunk driving, stole alcohol from a store, killed 4 people and seriously injured 7 people. THAT WAS NOT AN ACCIDENT. He didn't accidentally steal alcohol, he didn't accidentally get in his truck, he didn't accidentally happen to drive. He made the decision to do those things and as a result of his egregious choices 11 people lives have been changed 4ever. IT is never, ever an accident when you choose to drink n drive drunk. Just like texting n driving and you kill someone it is NOT an accident.. EVER. You made the decision to say FU$$ everybody on the road , I'm going to drink n drive or text n drive even though I know I can kill someone..
+Ralph Wiley Well if a kid comes from a poor background, I'd probably alleviate his sentence. Similarly, if a kid is neglected like Couch, that should also affect the sentence. You're just looking for someone to take your anger out on.
This is a prime example of how messed up the legal system is. This boy kills five people and yet he gets off scot-free. Then he and his so-called mother go on the run to Mexico, because she couldn't bother to be an actual parent. By teaching him right from wrong and that his actions have consequences. #SMH
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