A 16-year-old avoided spending time in prison for killing four people in a car accident in June after the judge bought his lawyers’ argument that he was the victim of wealth. CBSDFW reports that Ethan Couch was sentenced in a Fort Worth, Tex. juvenile court to 10 years probation for the drunk driving crash that ended the lives of youth pastor, Brian Jennings; Hollie and Shelby Boyles; and Breanna Mitchell.
This really upsets me.
Growing up I was heavily involved in church, now I’d probably burn stepping inside. When I was 13 my youth minister asked me why I didn’t believe in the death penalty, because the bible approves of it. He wasn’t being a prick, he was playing devil’s advocate. I told him because our legal system is so screwed up that enough wealth and power can get you out of anything. I fucking knew this at 13, but this 16 yr old supposedly hasn’t seen enough PSAs about drinking and diving on his flat screen tv’s in every room of his house to not know that drinking and driving is bad?! Fuck whoever didn’t give him jail time. I’m not an advocate for over punishing minors (as their cerebral cortex which controls higher through process isn’t fully developed), but this kid was way under punished and anyone who bought into the idea of this “wealth and privilege” defense only added to his privileged lifestyle.
I’m done with society. Officially starting to build a boat that houses a sustainable greenhouse that will allow me to live of the coast of Antarctica.