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Fri Dec 18, 2015, 02:24 PM

FBI, U.S. Marshals join search for 'affluenza' teen

Source: USA Today

FORT WORTH — The U.S. Marshal's Service and the FBI have joined the search for the Texas teen whose attorneys used an "affluenza" defense at his trial, and his mother.

Couch was behind the wheel of his family's white pickup truck in June 2013 when it plowed into a group of good Samaritans trying to help a stranded driver. Nearly a dozen others were injured in the crash.

His “affluenza” defense — that he had grown up with a sense of entitlement and developed poor judgment after being coddled by his wealthy parents — and lack of jail time triggered an emotional reaction across the country.

Ethan and Tonya Couch disappeared sometime in early December, about the time a video hit Twitter appearing to show him laughing at a beer pong party. Terms of his probation forbid use of alcohol.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/12/18/fbi-marshals-join-search-affluenza-teen-ethan-couch/77543858/



Yep... With enabling parents like these, no wonder their little special snowflake is never in trouble...

When he gets caught, his parents should be going right into the joint with him...

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Reply FBI, U.S. Marshals join search for 'affluenza' teen (Original post)
Blue_Tires Dec 2015 OP
christx30 Dec 2015 #1
bigworld Dec 2015 #2
christx30 Dec 2015 #4
atreides1 Dec 2015 #5
YOHABLO Dec 2015 #8
LiberalElite Dec 2015 #10
treestar Dec 2015 #19
Dawson Leery Dec 2015 #3
2naSalit Dec 2015 #6
treestar Dec 2015 #20
2naSalit Dec 2015 #21
OneCrazyDiamond Dec 2015 #7
OnlinePoker Dec 2015 #9
Judi Lynn Dec 2015 #11
Paladin Dec 2015 #12
Judi Lynn Dec 2015 #13
christx30 Dec 2015 #14
Ghost Dog Dec 2015 #16
christx30 Dec 2015 #17
Blue_Tires Dec 2015 #15
Archae Dec 2015 #18
2naSalit Dec 2015 #22

Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Dec 18, 2015, 02:29 PM

1. This kid is seriously screwed.

He's going to get a crash course in the real world. His parents did him a major disservice by treating him with kid gloves. There will be nothing to shield him now. He's going to do every second of time his probation was supposed to protect him from.

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Response to christx30 (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 18, 2015, 02:36 PM

2. He won't do well in prison

to put it mildly.

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Response to bigworld (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 18, 2015, 02:41 PM

4. I agree.

I don't relish the idea of what's going to happen to him. But he and his parents brought all of it on himself. He has a problem with alcohol, which is obvious. He should have taken his gift-from-God probation seriously and gotten help for his alcoholism and stayed clean. But he looks like he brushed it off as a joke, kept drinking and getting into trouble. I find it shocking he hasn't killed anyone else.
No lawyer on the planet is going to be equipped to help him now.

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Response to bigworld (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 18, 2015, 03:14 PM

5. You assume he's going to prison?

He may get another judge that will buy into another BS defense?

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Response to bigworld (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 18, 2015, 05:45 PM

8. So what is that suppose to mean. Have you ever been in prison?

 

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Response to bigworld (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 18, 2015, 09:35 PM

10. I really can't say that I care what happens to him if he ever ends up in prison - 4 people are dead

because of him. Innocent people get incarcerated and the key thrown away all the time. Of course many of them aren't both white and very rich.

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Response to bigworld (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 19, 2015, 02:17 PM

19. I agree. He has not learned that he cannot just do whatever he wants

In prison, he won't be able to make many choices at all. Not go where he wants at all. I wonder how that will affect him. Once he learns he has to go where he is told and he doesn't want to go there, will he erupt in physical violence? He doesn't "get" the concept of society having any claims to regulate his behavior.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Dec 18, 2015, 02:38 PM

3. This murderer needs to spend the rest of his life in jail.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Dec 18, 2015, 03:28 PM

6. Bet they went off the continent.

Considering their bankroll, they probably have a private aircraft which has flown them to some cozy no-reciprocity location... Caymans anyone?


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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #6)

Sat Dec 19, 2015, 02:21 PM

20. the choices

https://www.quora.com/What-countries-will-not-extradite-to-the-US

Afghanistan, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, the Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Congo (Kinshasa), Congo (Brazzaville), Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Samoa, São Tomé & Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican, Vietnam and Yemen.

The list above does not seem to mention Iran, North Korea, or Cuba, all of which the US has 0 diplomatic relations with (not just on extradition-related matters).


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Response to treestar (Reply #20)

Sat Dec 19, 2015, 02:49 PM

21. That's a lot of options

But you gotta have a bankroll to get away with it.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Dec 18, 2015, 05:03 PM

7. In another direction....

He is not well liked, and neither are his parents. What if Mom and Snowflake are buried by one of his victims family/friends?

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Response to OneCrazyDiamond (Reply #7)

Fri Dec 18, 2015, 09:33 PM

9. They were saying last night on HNN the house they lived in was empty.

That's hutzpah...bringing in movers in front of everybody and getting away with it.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Dec 18, 2015, 09:39 PM

11. Tips coming in for Texas affluenza teen who may have left country: sheriff

Tips coming in for Texas affluenza teen who may have left country: sheriff

Reuters
By Marice Richter
3 hours ago



FORT WORTH, Texas (Reuters) - Numerous tips have been reported on the possible whereabouts of a Texas teen from a wealthy family suspected of violating a probation deal that kept him out of prison for killing four people in a drunken-driving crash, a sheriff said on Friday.

. . .

"We fear that he has left the country,” Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said. “He got way out ahead of this and got away before any of us knew he was missing.”

A probation violation could result in prison time for Couch, authorities said. He was sentenced to 10 years probation in a juvenile court for killing the four. "Because of the publicity in the case, we are receiving dozens of tips every day," Anderson said.

Sources close to the investigation said the teen’s father told law enforcement officials the passports of the youth and his mother, with whom he was living, were missing.

More:
http://news.yahoo.com/tips-coming-texas-affluenza-teen-may-left-country-215654040.html

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Dec 18, 2015, 09:52 PM

12. The judge of the "affluenza" trial deserves to be tarred and feathered.

Followed by the revocation of all his rights to practice law. What a mockery of justice.

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Response to Paladin (Reply #12)

Fri Dec 18, 2015, 09:59 PM

13. Absolutely monstrous call by that judge. Grotesque. n/t

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Response to Paladin (Reply #12)

Fri Dec 18, 2015, 10:10 PM

14. The judge should be investigated, honestly.

How anyone in any kind of authority take the deaths of 4 people and the maiming of so many others and say "It's not your fault. You were never given consequences for your actions, so we're going to keep that up" is beyond any rational thought.
People serve harsher jail time for far lesser crimes. Hell, possession with intent to distribute can get you some serious time.
I'm sure there have been informal investigations into past links between Judge Boyd and the Couch family. Wish someone would find something. The republican judge should be ashamed of herself.


ETA Found this:
In 2004, when she was presented with a 16-year-old African-American, Eric Bradlee Miller, who drove a pickup truck while drunk and killed one person, Boyd sentenced Miller to 20 years in prison. According to the Star-Telegram, Miller was “a troubled teen whose mother was a drug addict and was being raised by his grandfather.”


Serious bias there.

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Response to christx30 (Reply #14)

Sat Dec 19, 2015, 12:51 PM

16. Check his bank accounts

and other assets history.

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Response to Ghost Dog (Reply #16)

Sat Dec 19, 2015, 01:01 PM

17. I agree fully.

Though the judge is a woman.

https://www.google.com/#q=Jean+Boyd

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Response to Paladin (Reply #12)

Sat Dec 19, 2015, 01:02 AM

15. Yeah, someone should ask him what he thinks about all this...

Oh who am I kidding? That judge probably is a member of the same country club as that brat's parents...

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Sat Dec 19, 2015, 01:28 PM

18. This all reminds me of an episode of "Law And Order..."

Some kid committed a really bad crime, I think it was murder.

The kid's Mom (rich, naturally,) tried anything and everything to get her brat off the hook, including bribing the judge.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Sat Dec 19, 2015, 02:52 PM

22. Well...

it is Texas after all. What was the ethnicity and wealth of the victims in his drunken driving killing spree?

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