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Fri Dec 13, 2013, 10:39 AM

If This Rich Kid Has ‘Affluenza,’ Then We’ve All Got ‘Negrobetes’

Ethan Couch, a wealthy teen from the state of Texas, was charged with vehicular manslaughter after he killed four people while he was driving drunk. He was found guilty, but Couch won't be serving any prison time because he suffers from an affliction called "affluenza."

Affluenza—a hybrid of the words "affluent" and "influenza"—his lawyer argued successfully, is the "disease" of being so rich that you have essentially never had to suffer the consequences of your actions.

So what were Couch's consequences for stealing beer from a Wal-Mart with his friends, driving a pickup truck intoxicated at almost three times the legal limit for an adult and killing a woman whose car was broken down, two people who came to help her and a passerby? Probation, Time.com reports.

"He never learned that sometimes you don’t get your way," said psychologist Gary Miller, who was assigned to evaluate Couch. "He had the cars and he had the money. He had freedoms that no young man would be able to handle."

My colleague Keren Johnson was outraged and messaged me shortly after reading the story. "Affluenza defense?" she wrote. "Why is being too rich a defense, but being too poor is not? Not that anyone should base illegal behavior on economic status, but don't people tend to find themselves engaging in illegal activity when there's not enough money, food, shelter, etc. ... not when there's an abundance?"

http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2013/12/if_this_rich_kid_suffers_from_affluenza_we_ve_all_got_negrobetes.html

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Blue_Tires Dec 2013 OP
Jackpine Radical Dec 2013 #1
RC Dec 2013 #38
JustAnotherGen Dec 2013 #2
Blue_Tires Dec 2013 #4
sharp_stick Dec 2013 #3
Baitball Blogger Dec 2013 #10
MoonRiver Dec 2013 #21
Lefty615 Dec 2013 #24
Shemp Howard Dec 2013 #44
SummerSnow Dec 2013 #5
Chisox08 Dec 2013 #17
Xyzse Dec 2013 #6
aggiesal Dec 2013 #57
gollygee Dec 2013 #7
Baitball Blogger Dec 2013 #12
Diego_Native 2012 Dec 2013 #19
Shemp Howard Dec 2013 #47
ljm2002 Dec 2013 #8
gollygee Dec 2013 #11
Baitball Blogger Dec 2013 #9
Lefty615 Dec 2013 #22
Baitball Blogger Dec 2013 #23
heaven05 Dec 2013 #39
Baitball Blogger Dec 2013 #41
heaven05 Dec 2013 #42
central scrutinizer Dec 2013 #30
frylock Dec 2013 #37
Skittles Dec 2013 #61
Baitball Blogger Dec 2013 #64
Skittles Dec 2013 #66
JDPriestly Dec 2013 #13
NewJeffCT Dec 2013 #15
Baitball Blogger Dec 2013 #25
Brainstormy Dec 2013 #27
Cresent City Kid Dec 2013 #14
FormalObserver Dec 2013 #29
CBGLuthier Dec 2013 #16
jsr Dec 2013 #28
shanti Dec 2013 #40
Lefty615 Dec 2013 #18
tblue Dec 2013 #45
Chisox08 Dec 2013 #20
jsr Dec 2013 #32
citizen blues Dec 2013 #26
Saviolo Dec 2013 #31
Redford Dec 2013 #33
stuartsdesk1 Dec 2013 #34
dickthegrouch Dec 2013 #49
panader0 Dec 2013 #56
hughee99 Dec 2013 #35
frylock Dec 2013 #36
locdlib Dec 2013 #43
Tikki Dec 2013 #46
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Blue_Tires Dec 2013 #55
lapislzi Dec 2013 #52
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ck4829 Dec 2013 #58
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Solly Mack Dec 2013 #60
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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 10:43 AM

1. If the poor want poverty to be recognized as an excuse, all they have to do

is donate a lot more to the electoral coffers of elected judges.

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 12:47 PM

38. Sure why not? If the rich can do that, why not every one else?

 

No problem there.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 10:47 AM

2. I think this is the article you meant to link to . . .

http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2013/12/if_this_rich_kid_suffers_from_affluenza_we_ve_all_got_negrobetes.html

And it's funny as hell!

Negrobetes, a mashup of “Negro” and “diabetes,” is a disease that affects all African Americans. While it can be dormant in some and rampant in others, it runs in the blood, traced back to slavery, and cannot be transmitted from personal contact. Negrobetes is not airborne. While in very rare cases it can be deadly, it is a manageable progressive disease that, like its namesake, is categorized into two subclasses.

Type 1 sufferers of Negrobetes can manage their disease with a steady diet of highbrow literature and a solid education. In such cases, their exposure to the experiences of Type 2 Negrobetes sufferers (getting arrested at high-end department stores, random bouts of racial profiling, etc.) is rare and may be nonexistent.


For Type 2 sufferers, all cases are extremely debilitating and could result in severe injury or worse. They are usually negatively affected by a social justice system that doesn't care about their needs. They can be sensitive to a school system that is underfunded, and as a result they may have difficulties managing a working world that demands a proper education. Generally they are prescribed three to four shots of self-affirmation, positive belief and prayer. When left unmanaged, Negrobetes can be deadly.

I can hear the lawyers now: “This is a clear case of Type 2 Negrobetes, your honor.”



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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 10:51 AM

4. Thanks...Edited....

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 10:50 AM

3. I can only hope that the families of

the people killed by this kid take this affluent shitbag and his family for every dime they've got in a lawsuit.

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Response to sharp_stick (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 11:20 AM

10. +1

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Response to sharp_stick (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 11:52 AM

21. That process has already begun.

The family of a victim paralyzed by the scumbag is suing for I think 20 million. The rest of the victims' families will undoubtedly follow suit. Pretty soon Richie Rich will be not so much.

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Response to sharp_stick (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 11:58 AM

24. Five Lawsuits So Far

According to this article, there have been a total of five wrongful death suits filed so far by families of the victims, including at least one filed by the family of one of the other kids who were in the truck with Ethan Couch. They have also named his father, Fred Couch, in the suits and the father's business, which is called "Cleburn Metal Works".

http://www.cleburnetimesreview.com/local/x439239957/Fifth-lawsuit-filed-against-teenage-drunk-driver

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Response to sharp_stick (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 01:27 PM

44. I hope you're right, but...

The rich have many tricks to shield their money from lawsuits. Things like trusts, etc. The families of the victims will hopefully win huge judgments, but collecting on them is another matter.

Time will tell.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 11:06 AM

5. So I guess I suffer from Pooritis....

smh

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Response to SummerSnow (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 11:49 AM

17. No you just have a case of Poorlio.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 11:08 AM

6. That made up affliction ticks me off to no end.

Any how, it makes sense that the cure for that damn disease is to actually suffer from his actions.
Getting out of it merely exacerbates the problem.

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Response to Xyzse (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 02:52 PM

57. Apparently his Monopoly board doesn’t even HAVE a jail on it. n/t

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 11:10 AM

7. I so can't believe the judge bought that

No, wait, the sad part is that I can believe it. And I know there will never be a version of that available for anyone else.

Someone said in another thread that the root of the word "privilege" is about a special set of laws - that rich people had a different set of laws that applied to them in Rome or wherever.

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Response to gollygee (Reply #7)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 11:22 AM

12. It says something about the judge and our judicial system.

It shows that people are being treated differently. This is an outing of a thought-process that usually is conducted more discretely.

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Response to gollygee (Reply #7)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 11:52 AM

19. Privilege - etymology

Privilege (n): mid-12c. "grant, commission" (recorded earlier in Old English, but as a Latin word), from Old French privilege "right, priority, privilege" (12c.) and directly from Latin privilegium "law applying to one person, bill of law in favor of or against an individual," later "privilege," from privus "individual" (see private (adj.)) + lex (genitive legis) "law" (see legal (adj.)). Meaning "advantage granted" is from mid-14c. in English.

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Response to gollygee (Reply #7)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 01:32 PM

47. Maybe the judge bought it because somebody bought the judge.

nt

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 11:11 AM

8. Poor rich kid never had any consequences...

...so obviously the solution is to keep him from suffering any real consequences this time either.

Yeah, that makes sense.

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Response to ljm2002 (Reply #8)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 11:22 AM

11. Yeah that was my immediate response when I first heard this

It seems like the obvious answer is to start making him face consequences, not to continue enabling him.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 11:18 AM

9. I'm sure we'll hear this defense in Florida,

where an affluent 21 year old driver of a Mercedes sports car was coming home from a college party at 3:30 am and plowed into two teenagers, a brother and sister, who were riding a bike home after the brother's late night shift at Wendys.

This defense proves that there is inequality in our country.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #9)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 11:53 AM

22. Their own fault

How dare that brother and sister have the nerve to be on bicycles at night when they know rich people need to drunkenly get their luxury cars home??? I bet they even bought some iced tea and Skittles!!!

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Response to Lefty615 (Reply #22)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 11:57 AM

23. Welcome Lefty 615

We'll see what a Florida judge and jury will come up with.

If a judge were to make that kind of ruling in Florida, I don't think he would see another term.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #23)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 12:50 PM

39. really?????

 

I don't believe that any judge in florida would suffer any consequence for any insane racially(martin) or financially(rich people) motivated ruling. Florida is ugly.

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Response to heaven05 (Reply #39)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 01:02 PM

41. I believe the accident took place on the east of Orange County.

That means that it is in a blue county. There would be serious consequences with this kind of defense, where people are usually on the screwn side of inequality.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #41)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 01:04 PM

42. okay

 

thanks

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Response to Lefty615 (Reply #22)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 12:28 PM

30. Bike lanes are put in as a margin of error

for drunk drivers, texting drivers, drivers going to fast, etc. They are also useful as right turn lanes so drivers don't have to waste precious seconds. As a daily bicycle commuter, it is a rare day when I don't have to give some driver the finger for drifting into the bike lane.

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Response to Lefty615 (Reply #22)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 12:42 PM

37. there was one asshole on this board making that very argument

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #9)

Sat Dec 14, 2013, 05:57 AM

61. and that one was a hit and run

jeez I couldn't leave an animal in the road - WTF is up with people who would not even bother calling 911 after hitting PEOPLE

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Response to Skittles (Reply #61)

Sat Dec 14, 2013, 09:52 AM

64. Can you believe there is a comment in the reader's forum that said she did the smart thing.

Even called her by name, "K--a." He said she did the only smart thing to do because the other way she could have been tagged for DUI and manslaughter. Now it's only leaving the scene of an accident and, I suppose, manslaughter, though he didn't mention the latter.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #64)

Sat Dec 14, 2013, 06:22 PM

66. that's disgusting

even if she was trying to evade a DUI she could have made an anonymous 911 call - this gal cared more about her future than the lives of those two young folk - I wonder how she can live with herself

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 11:30 AM

13. This is the question for our time.

"Why is being too rich a defense, but being too poor is not? Not that anyone should base illegal behavior on economic status, but don't people tend to find themselves engaging in illegal activity when there's not enough money, food, shelter, etc. ... not when there's an abundance?"

It applies in so many situations from Couch's to the "too big (rich) to fail" banks to many of the members of our Congress (Diane Feinstein for one) who think that they are above the law because they are super-rich.

Parents do no favor to their children when they raise them to feel privileged by virtue of their wealth. Not all wealthy parents make that horrible mistake.

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #13)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 11:44 AM

15. it's obvious

the rich can afford to pay the best lawyers. If God thought the poor were innocent, he would have given them better lawyers.

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Response to NewJeffCT (Reply #15)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 12:00 PM

25. You can't turn an entire state upside down without the help of unethical lawyers.

I should start calling them political lawyers, to separate them from lawyers who are trying very hard to hold onto the ethical standards of their profession.

And, sure, it's not impossible to find a lawyer with 8 DUIs. That should tell you something.

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Response to NewJeffCT (Reply #15)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 12:06 PM

27. Well, He did promise they'd inherit the earth

Guess it's just the dirt part.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 11:37 AM

14. Same judge, different kid, jail time

I heard on my local news this morning that a 14 year old whose manslaughter involved one victim got a harsher sentence than Riche Rich from the same judge. What's the opposite of affluenza, poorlio?

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Response to Cresent City Kid (Reply #14)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 12:16 PM

29. Opposite of Affluenza

 

Destituteitis

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 11:44 AM

16. The judge is retiring next year. Probably to spend the payoff she got for this

Justice has always been for sale in this country. Usually not so obviously. I would think she has upgraded her retirement to the next level for this one.

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Response to CBGLuthier (Reply #16)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 12:10 PM

28. I have no doubt.

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Response to CBGLuthier (Reply #16)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 01:00 PM

40. I've been reading quite a few

stories lately, about judges who make a bad ruling, and when they are put under the gun, simply retire. To me, that sounds like someone who has been making these kind of decisions their entire career UNTIL they get called on it. It's pretty sickening

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 11:50 AM

18. Let me get this straight...

You know, the first time I saw this story I was totally convinced it was from The Onion. No such luck.

So.... it seems that the lesson to be learned here is that if you've never taken personal responsibility for anything in your life, you aren't bound by the criminal laws of this country, because not getting drunk, stealing a truck and murdering four people requires personal responsibility. And to take it to the (il)logical extreme, that means that if this kid had spent his childhood rescuing puppies and making soup for old people and THEN got drunk, jumped in a truck and mowed down four people, he'd be spending most of the rest of his life in jail.

Yeah. That makes sense.

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Response to Lefty615 (Reply #18)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 01:27 PM

45. Exactly. There are 2 Americas.

This kid is the poster child for the privilege of the 1%. The rule of law, the Great Leveler, does not serve the rest of us.

This story is the most galling thing I've heard since George Zimmerman. There is no justice in this country. Not anymore.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 11:52 AM

20. Affluenza is a serious condition and there needs to be an awareness campaign.

I'm thinking golden diamond studded ribbons representing Affluenza awareness.

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Response to Chisox08 (Reply #20)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 12:34 PM

32. Sponsored by your local Aston Martin dealer

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 12:00 PM

26. "He never learned that sometimes you don’t get your way,"

said psychologist Gary Miller, who was assigned to evaluate Couch.

We have a word for someone who sees no consequences to his behavior: SOCIOPATH! And we lock them up.

There's another word for Affluenza; SPOILED BRAT! And, no, that's not a legal defense!


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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 12:34 PM

31. Happens often enough:

Soon it won't even be news any more. Remember this from Buffalo a couple of years ago?

http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Doctor-cleared-in-skateboarder-s-hit-and-run-death-3597275.php

Wealthy doctor was texting while speeding and driving drunk. He knocked a girl off of her skateboard, and flung her 167 feet where she died of a broken neck, and then drove home. He got his wife to go back in the car to survey the scene while he tried to delete the texts. Found not guilty of manslaughter and only found guilt of misdemeanor drunk driving (which I can't believe is a thing!).

He knew he'd hit something, but didn't think it was a person... so... not guilty of manslaughter? It's beyond me.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 12:35 PM

33. That punk should of been locked up

What he needs is a dose of reality

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 12:36 PM

34. And What of the Judge?

 

If the killer was not responsible for his actions because he suffered from "affluenza",
then what about the presiding judge, Jean Boyd, who failed to sentence him to a single day in prison?

Does she have a case of "cerebral vacuosis"?

Let her know what you think. Judge Boyd can be reached at -

2701 Kimbo Road
Fort Worth, TX 76111
(817) 838-4600
Fax: (817) 884-4633

Her e-mail appears to go through an assistant -

sbrown@tarrantcounty.com

And where is the press in this affair? Can't we learn something about
Judge Boyd? Who are her friends? Political associates? Campaign contributors?

What is her record like? Do all youths who come before her get off Scott free?

A fair sentence for Ethan Couch would involve a minimum of 2 years prison. sharing a cell
with both of his parents.



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Response to stuartsdesk1 (Reply #34)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 01:53 PM

49. I think "Judge" Boyd should be included in that cell

I think the "Judge" should be sentenced to the difference between what she has previously sentenced poor blacks for similar offenses, and what she sentenced this spoiled brat to.
If that turns out to be 20 years so much the better, we can all feel safer that an out of control "Judge" is no longer on the street.

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Response to stuartsdesk1 (Reply #34)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 02:29 PM

56. I heard on the tube this morning

that she sentenced an AA youth, age 14, to ten years for hitting a guy who fell over and hit his head and died.
So ten years for an AA youth for one death, Probation for a white kid who killed four and seriously injured others.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 12:36 PM

35. I know people aren't a fan of manditory minimums, and I'm not either,

but this is ONE of the reasons they exist. So judges can't just hand out a "pass" to the rich and well connected while everyone else gets punished.

In this case, though, a mandatory minimum doesn't seem to have come into play, but it's a subject that came up just the other day.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 12:41 PM

36. this "psychologist" needs to be reviewed and have his license removed

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 01:17 PM

43. Did anyone hear the defense attorney when asked how this this is justice?

I'm paraphrasing here, but he said something like, "Well, he won't be with his family, his car is being taken away and he won't get to play with his x-box." Wow. And the little shit's parents (the big shits) are sending him to some "rehab facility" in California that sounds more like a vacation resort to the tune of $450K/yr.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 01:32 PM

46. I hope the families of the murdered victims can bring civil suit against his parents….

Last edited Fri Dec 13, 2013, 02:22 PM - Edit history (1)

and get lots of the kid's parent's money…

Won't bring back their loved ones, though

Tikki

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #48)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 02:14 PM

51. This isn't anything new

This is basically the same disease F. Scott Fitzgerald talked about in The Great Gatsby. They were careless people who ruined people's lives and then crawled back into the comfort of their money.

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Response to gollygee (Reply #51)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 02:25 PM

55. +1

it's been around as long as wealthy people have been around; I guess "affluenza" is the new, catchy buzzword for it...

When I was growing up we'd just say so-and-so is a whiny, entitled spoiled brat...Nothing about this is new, other than being the first time it has openly been used as a successful legal defense...

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #48)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 02:16 PM

52. Please tell me that this awful story is a hoax.

Because if it's true, I'm going to throw up.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 02:10 PM

50. I think the kid was mis-diagnosed.

I believe that he, his lawyer, and his enabling parents are actually suffering from Effluenza. I could not believe the amount of shit that was spewing from their mouths. Has to be Effluenza.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 03:00 PM

58. Then this is a health crisis. We need to isolate and cure this condition immediately.

Quarantine anyone who suffers from it, find the cause of it, and create a vaccine.

Higher taxes, wealth redistribution, sealing off tax shelters, research, whatever it takes, we should spare no expense. We need to cure this affluenza epidemic now.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 03:09 PM

59. The cure for affluenza is a solid dose of state-inflicted poverty in a prison cell

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 03:14 PM

60. K&R

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Sat Dec 14, 2013, 07:38 AM

62. This nation sucks!

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Sat Dec 14, 2013, 08:44 AM

63. ""He never learned that sometimes you don’t get your way"--and with "justice" like this,


he never will, either.


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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Sat Dec 14, 2013, 04:21 PM

65. Two Americas, two-tiered "justice".

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