The trial of Ethan Couch, the teen who killed four people in a drunk-driving crash, shocked the country due to the incredibly lax sentence handed down by a Texas judge. Ethan's lawyers had successfully argued that Ethan, who plowed into six people on the side of the road, killing four and severely injuring two, suffered from "affluenza" -- apparently some sort of disease caused by being too spoiled by parents who didn't teach you right from wrong. Never mind that Ethan knew damn well that what he did was wrong, since he reportedly fled the scene and told a friend in the truck with him, "I'm Ethan Couch. I'll get you out of this." That alone would get most people prison time. But Ethan will not serve any prison time. He will go to a rehab facility funded by -- who else? -- his rich parents. At least he'll get something though, right? He'll be in rehab, and off the roads, for at least a year? Maybe more? Something? Wrong again!
Ethan, who was re-sentenced today to his no prison time rehab stint (prosecutors had unsuccessfully argued once again that the kid deserved some kind of punishment), apparently could spend virtually no time in rehab either. Judge Jean Boyd, who gave Ethan no prison time, also didn't give him a minimum amount of time for him to be in rehab. So he could, ya know, be there an hour.
It's unclear which rehab Ethan will go to, but you can bet it won't be one where the kids do hard labor and sleep on stiff sheets. Ethan's uber-understanding parents had previously offered to send their precious boy to a $450,000 a year facility, one that reportedly has a program with horseback riding, mixed martial arts, massage and cooking classes, a swimming pool, basketball, and six acres of land. This is punishment?? Most people would kill to go to a place like this. Oh wait, Ethan did.
The sickening part about this whole case is not just that so many lives have been completely destroyed -- but that Ethan still hasn't learned right from wrong. And how could he given that not only his parents but the legal system have decided what he did deserves, essentially, absolutely no punishment?! There are people in prison for doing much, much less. NO jail time, people. Not even an HOUR!
And now he might walk in and out of rehab before he might HOPEFULLY have a chance to have some people knock some sense into him -- the sense that his parents and the Texas judge refused to knock. Because you just know if he calls Mommy and Daddy a couple of minutes after entering rehab and wants to leave because the cooking classes are too hard ... well, they don't seem like the types who are going to say no.
That said, Ethan is on probation for 10 years. If he breaks it, he could end up in prison after all. I wouldn't bet on it though.
Does this case enrage you?
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