Wealthy Teen Gets Break on DUI. Or …

The Dallas Morning News complains about a 16-year-old who caused four deaths in a DUI crash, getting probation rather than a 20-year jail sentence.

The writer, @MikeHashimoto, comes to the wrong conclusion:

Despite all the death in his wake, Ethan Couch didn’t learn a thing he didn’t already know: It’s far better to come from that wealthy place where actions seldom have those nasty old consequences. That’s for other folks.

The problem is not that the judge was lenient on this wealthy teen. The problem, rather, is how harshly our so-called justice system treats other folks. Ten years of probation, with treatment, seems a sound approach for any 16-year-old who’s had an incident like this.

2 replies on “Wealthy Teen Gets Break on DUI. Or …”

  1. I disagree. This was the kids fourth time with DUI. He had a problem, and he should have been tried for murder. This was his FOURTH time, and he killed FIVE people. Probation isn’t an answer to him, mommy and daddy will buy him out of it.

  2. i am proud supported of everything that is a part of the just say no program, but on the subject of this kid you do not know what your talking about 4 times he has had DUI’s in Texas he should have be but in prison for the rest of his natural life he got drunk and killed with his car. and got off due to a judge bought the i have a lot of money and i am used to being spoiled defense.

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