"Affluenza" teen story

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  1. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    Drunk drivers kill and maim so many people, they're hardly ever reported anymore, except perhaps in the local news for the area where it happened. I've been a police officer for over 25 years, and I can only recall one incident I responded to where someone was shot accidentally. Drunk driving crashes are too many to even hazard a guess, I had 3 in the span of 8 hours one night.

    In any event, if you get drunk and get behind the wheel of a 3,000 pound projectile, you've displayed "depraved indifference" to human life, regardless of your actual intent.
     
  2. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

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  4. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    Still think the kid's sentence was far too lenient. However, I am hopeful that two years in big boy prison might give him a necessary attitude adjustment. With mommy unable to hug him and daddy's money unable to buy him comfy sheets he MIGHT learn a lesson and turn things around in his life.

    That is, of course, assuming daddy doesn't get him released during the day on work release.
     
  5. 03310151

    03310151 New Member


    There's no such thing as an "accidental" shooting. It's always negligence.
     
  6. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    Incredible!

    Sanatone made a good observation:

    "This judge who gave this kid a slap on the wrist was the same judge who gave a 14 year old, poor, black boy years in prison for punching someone, which led to the person's death. I'm sure he didn't intend for that person to hit his head on the ground so hard that he ended up dying, but he got a much harsher sentence than a well-to-do white boy who had a history of engaging in criminal activities, killed four people, and seriously injured two people while being a minor under the influence of alcohol and Valium. His BAC was three times the legal limit, and he had just stolen beer before he slaughtered those people".


    This kid got a slap on the wrist. I wonder what his sentence would have been if he was black and poor?
     
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  8. Kizmet

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  9. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    I've been thinking about this 2 year hitch that the Couch kid is going to do in jail.

    On the one hand, 2 years is nothing. When you consider that his two years is for the probation violation and not for the actual death and destruction it is downright insulting.

    But this kid has avoided consequences for everything his entire life. And this isn't the summer camp rehab his parents didn't pay for. This is jail. And it's unpleasant and harsh. I don't feel that harsh prisons deter crime. And I'm skeptical that they can provide the "attitude adjustment" needed for someone like this. I think that prisons have a much stronger track record of taking non-violent criminals and turning them violent or turning young inmates into hardened criminals.

    But, I still hold out some hope that two years in a Texas prison is going to teach this precious little snowflake that there are indeed things that Daddy can't buy him out of and that acting like a little turd does have consequences that are wholly unpleasant. But it also seems like his mother is enabling his poor behavior. So I imagine unless she actually serves some time and said sentence gives her an attitude adjustment as well he'll be right back to his antics upon release.

    I just hope he doesn't hurt anyone else when he self-destructs.
     
  10. Kizmet

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  12. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

  13. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly

    Apparently, the criminal justice system also has "affluenza".
     
  14. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    Yeah, no kidding man! Geez, what was it? Two measley years?
     
  15. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    We had a tragic case here in Canada, recently. Son of a very wealthy family - age about 28, drove drunk, killed three young children and their grandfather. Defendant pled guilty, got a 10-year jail sentence. Bereaved family are suing him (and his family) for $25 million in civil court. How this US affluenza kid gets off so light - I have no idea. Then again, the Canadian will likely get early parole, so...

    http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/marco-muzzo-likely-to-get-very-early-parole-analyst-1.2836165

    J.
     
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  16. 03310151

    03310151 New Member

    We're either incarcerating too many people or not puting them in for long enough.

    Make up your minds.
     
  17. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Both. They're not mutually exclusive. Incarcerate only the people for whom there is no alternative - those that need / deserve to be locked up -for whatever valid reason(s). Then you can keep them incarcerated for as long as need be, with less strain on the system.

    J.
     
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