Oh my God. I had not heard about this in the news and am appalled at the audacity of the double standard employed by this judge. This screams injustice louder than anything I’ve heard recently. But then perhaps I should not be so surprised. This happens too often, but more importantly, is too seldom railed against in the media. Where are the main stream news reports that call attention to this kind of bullshit? “Judge Boyd, also presided over a case last year in which a 14 year old African American boy punched one person, who subsequently fell and hit his head and died from the injury. He was sentenced to ten years in prison.”
You may have heard this week, on this blog and many others, a controversial ruling from North Texas, regarding 16 year old Ethan Couch. The teen got behind the wheel of his father’s truck and killed 4 people including a pastor; and paralyzed a friend riding in his truck.
Judge Jean Boyd gave Couch ten years’ probation, and will assign him to a treatment center for rehabilitation for Affluenza, a condition in which Couch’s affluent lifestyle gave him a sense of entitlement and he did not know right from wrong. Affluenza is nota condition recognized by the American Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Dick Miller, the psychologist who defended the teen, said that he is a victim of his parents’ wealth, of their constant arguing which led to their divorce, and his sense of entitlement which led to irresponsibility, poor decisions, and drug use. He was unable to discern…
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