That howling you hear is J.K. Galbraith, from the great beyond. Via Billmon, a Texan tale:
FORT WORTH, Texas — A juvenile court judge sentenced 16-year-old Ethan Couch to 10 years’ probation Tuesday for the drunk driving crash that killed four people.
Judge Jean Boyd could have sentenced Couch to 20 years behind bars.
Youth pastor Brian Jennings; mother and daughter Hollie and Shelby Boyles; and 24-year-old Breanna Mitchell died in the June 15 accident…
Investigators said Couch was driving a pickup truck between 68 and 70 miles-per-hour in a 40 mph zone. The four who died were standing on the side of the road outside their vehicle. Nine others were hurt.
Miller said Couch’s parents gave him “freedoms no young person should have.” He called Couch a product of “affluenza,” where his family felt that wealth bought privilege and there was no rational link between behavior and consequences.
He said Couch got whatever he wanted. As an example, Miller said Couch’s parents gave no punishment after police ticketed the then-15-year-old when he was found in a parked pickup with a passed out, undressed 14-year-old girl…
Defense attorneys asked that he be sent to a small, private home in California which offers intensive one-on-one therapy. They said Couch’s father would pay the entire $450,000 price tag.
Prosecutors pointed out that the juvenile justice system also offers counseling.
To be honest, yeah, I doubt the Texas prison system has much to offer in the way of counseling for a kid so young and so blatantly damaged. But do you suppose the good judge would’ve been so understanding if young Crouch’s parents couldn’t afford a half-million dollar buyoff — or if, heaven forfend, they’d been other than extremely Caucasian?
ETA: Via Raw Story: