Monday, May 16, 2016

All over the Couch

So here's the headline - that snively, annoying teen fool from Texas, Ethan Couch, who killed four people by driving drunk in 2013, only to walk away with probation because his lawyers used the defense that he's too rich to understand the consequences of his actions, will now have to spend 720 days in the hoosegow, which, in Texas, will seem a lot longer than just short of two years.

As you will recall, awful Ethan just couldn't seem to behave himself while on the ten years of the probation that the original sentence carried, and thumbed his stinky nose at the sheriff so often that the cops went after him.  He and his mommy ran to Mexico but were found when he called for a delivery pizza. (No one ever said he was a very bright lad.)

For a while, I was worried that we would trade him for El Chapo, but no, Ethan is back, and the steel door is swinging wide open for him.  Let us hope that Mommy bought him several nice toiletry sets with soap-on-a-rope to make his stay all the more pleasant.

Colleen Sheehey-Church, the national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, said, "After years of heartbreak, this is a small victory."

Small indeed, when you figure that he's only serving 180 days for each of the four people dead by his drunken hand on the steering wheel.

But.  There will always be drunks and drunk drivers, and as sure as there are, there will be lawyers to defend them.  You have to accept that as part of the price for being alive in a society that tolerates nonsense.

The judge who gave out that ridiculous sentence was named Jean Hudson Boyd, Presiding Judge of Texas's 323rd District Court. She is no longer a judge, having resigned after 30,000 Texans suggested it would be a good idea for her to ride off into the sunset after this case was settled and people heard about the non-punishment she gave young Couch.

Boyd said at the time of the trial that she felt that all Couch needed was treatment, and that since his parents were so doggone rich and all, she figured he'd get better treatment in a rehabilitation center than in a nasty youth detention center.

Wrong call, Judge Jerky.

It's interesting to note that this was not her first case of a young man who killed someone while 2004, she heard the case of  Eric Miller, who killed one person while in that condition.

Her Dishonor, ex-judge Boyd
She gave Miller, who was sixteen, twenty years in jail.  

Miller came from a poor family.

Go ahead and tell me there's no difference in the eyes of justice down there.

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