Don't Get Mad at This Rich, White Teen Killer
The problem isn't that Ethan Couch got off, it's that poor kids don't, Elie Mystal writes
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 13, 2013 1:25 PM CST
Ethan Couch.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – You were probably outraged when you heard about Ethan Couch, the 16-year-old drunk driver who killed four people but avoided jail thanks to his "affluenza"—the (apparently accurate) belief that his family's wealth ensured that his actions had no consequences. "Anybody who thinks that this kind of lenience would be given to anybody other than a wealthy white dauphin is wrong and stupid (and probably racist)," writes Elie Mystal at Above the Law. But don't be mad at Couch. Be mad that poor kids don't get shown the same compassion.

Yeah, Couch looks like a jerk, but he's 16. "When you are still under the physical control of your parents, well, it takes a village to raise a dickhead." He actually does need help. "If a judge can see it here, can't we demand that judges see it when their defendants are not rich and white?" And if we must put someone in jail, how about Couch's parents? "They unleashed a rabid dog out upon society and affixed a laser beam to its head." For a full debate on the wisdom of parent-jailing, see the full column.

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Rallo Tubbs
Feb 2, 2014 7:35 PM CST
You gotta be taught now to kill people?
Jan 23, 2014 10:57 PM CST
I don't believe that ANY kid should get off easy after mowing down and killing 4 people. Not rich, nor poor, nor middle class. That 14 year old black kid who punched a man to death DESERVES 10 YEARS. I don't care if he is poor or if his mother is on crack cocaine. There is no excuse to just punching someone to death. That Ethan Couch should definitely spend the next 20 years in prison with no parole, but NOT IN A FANCY BOARDING SCHOOL/TREATMENT CENTRE, whatever they want to call that swanky private resort for the privileged few.
Dec 19, 2013 10:34 PM CST
So what the judge said here is: The guy killed four people and he should go free, because if your life is surrounded by a lot of money, you should be allowed to kill people, since you were not raised like average persons and you aren't expected to know better?