How sad that the rich can many times buy their way out.
A 16 year old from a privileged family kills 4 innocent people while driving intoxicated and gets 10 years probation.
Why, because the attorney brings up in defense he was never taught, he was "raised in an environment of privilege that afforded him no understanding of actions and their consequences"
Coming from a wealthy home I'm sure he had a better education then most, and had been taught right from wrong. It sickens me to see how he ruined four families lives and gets away with it because of money.
Depending upon the victims relatives, he might have been better off if he had received a prison sentence.
After all... Paybacks are heck (if'en ya know what I mean).
I'd almost expect such a ruling in Ca., I'm shocked to hear of something like this in Texas. The state that most often uses the death penalty lets this kid walk due to 'affluenza'. Makes me sick.
It's funny how all of a sudden the judge announced she would not seek reelection after her term.
No, she plans to be employed by the kids parents!
This only serves to prove that justice in the US is still subject to purchase. A sad state.
The kid ought to be treated like others from less influential families - serve extended time in prison so that he pays the price for his value of others lives.
Lastly, there ought to be a retrial, not just money paid to the families of those lost by the parents.
I believe that he deserves a second chance! Revenge is no reason to put him in prison, and throw away the key. Actually, 10 years probation is a awful long time, but that sounds fair to me.
I wonder if most of people were born yesterday. Do you really believe that there is something like "equal responsibility" in any justice system? Counting from beginning of times. If you are poor a-hole without connections you will fry for stealing box of matches to show, that prosecutor is "zero tolerance", "hard on criminals" guy. Fact that he is running for office doesn't make difference of course.
But if you are boy from rich family you can drive drunk, kill woman in car accident, run from accident side and after all this you will not only not be prosecuted but you can be elected "for life" to Congress.
As for line of deference isn't stupidity great excuse for years now? You can get millions because you don't know that knife is sharp and you cut yourself, you can sue when "GPS makes you" drive into lake, etc. So why so surprised this time? It's just business as usual in "justice" department.
Best example of laws don't apply to the super rich & powerful.
I believe that he deserves a second chance! Revenge is no reason to put him in prison, and throw away the key. Actually, 10 years probation is an awful long time, but that sounds fair to me.
Sorry, but I have to disagree with you on that statement.
It's too bad the innocent victims were not afforded a second chance. Prison is not for revenge, it's for protecting law abiding citizens.
Maybe 5 years prison time and 5 years probation would have been a more just sentence. The 5 years prison would be his payback to society, the 5 years probation would include he'd be receiving mandatory therapy at an inpatient facility.
This would bring him to age 26, hopefully realizing what he had done to all the families, yet still young enough to lead a productive life.
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