Justice? We don’t do no stinking justice.

This story makes me way beyond just angry. Count this as a language warning.

Ethan Couch is a sixteen year old kid whose parents are rich. It turns out that apparently his mom and dad – make that the bitch that gave birth to him and the sperm donor she lives with – don’t have a problem with young master Couch doing drugs and drinking alcohol in excess. They also have enough – way more than enough – money to bail the little bastard out of any and every scrape with the law. After all, he’s entitled.

Here’s why I’m beside myself.

Ethan Couch and seven of his friends went into a Walmart and stole beer. Ethan was also taking mass quantities of Valium. They hopped into master Couch’s pickup truck, proceeded to get drunk – Couch’s blood alcohol was three times the legal limit for an adult driver – and were blasting down a Fort Worth street at 70 mph. Along the side of the street there was a youth pastor who had stopped to help some folks with a flat tire. The four of them were minding their own business when Couch rammed his truck into them killing all four. He and his drunken buddies, unfortunately, survived.

Couch was caught running away from the scene, and was reportedly yelling to his friends, “Come on, I’m Ethan Couch, I’ll get you out of this.”

The case went to juvenile court – in my home state of Arizona, he’d likely have been tried as an adult because he had priors – and the judge ruled.

One year in a $1,200 a day hotel with amenities and nine more years on probation. I’m out of words. If you think this judge was an outrageous idiot just wait ‘till you hear the psychologist who testified on Couch’s behalf. Young master Couch has a disorder this idiot calls “affluenza”, being rich and spoiled.

Got it?

Personally, I hope that the victim’s families sue the Couches and I’d love to be on the jury. Sperm donor and his bitch should end up homeless and penniless and they should end up with a judgment that covers every dollar either of them makes for the rest of their lives. No homes, no cars, no businesses. I’d make sure the judgment extended to the treatment facility as well, they shouldn’t get a nickel to pamper this little reprobate.

I’m done, except to say the judge, defense attorneys and psychologist can all rot in hell for this one.

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Michael Becker is a long time activist and a businessman. He's been involved in the pro-life movement since 1976 and has been counseling addicts and ministering to prison inmates since 1980. Becker is a Curmudgeon. He has decades of experience as an operations executive in turnaround situations and in mortgage banking. He blogs regularly at The Right Curmudgeon, The Minority Report, Wizbang, Unified Patriots and Joe for America. He lives in Phoenix and is almost always armed.

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  • Commander_Chico

    Those parents worked hard to buy the best justice for their kid. Only socialists believe that all families should enjoy the same benefits in life, regardless of how hard they work. Are you against the free market?

    • jim_m

      Stop being an asshole. Socialists have little to say about the administration of justice. Most of socialist Europe would lock you up for committing the crime of self defense or for slandering someone by telling the truth or by belonging to the wrong political party. That is what socialism thinks about justice. Take a look at the American academia if you want to know what socialists think about justice. The Duke lacrosse team should have gone to prison for life for the crime of being white.

      Justice has nothing to do with a free market. Justice is about truth, but then since socialists don’t believe in truth and only in their ideology I suppose that is what you get when you start talking about justice with an ignorant socialist..

      • Commander_Chico

        If the parents can afford a more comfortable private prison for their kid, it saves money for the taxpayer, not having to pay for wellie prison with freeloader prisoners. Only in socialism does everyone get treated the same. I suppose you are against first class and business class on airlines, too.

        Justice is no different from medical care, if you can’t get medical treatment without money, why should you get a break in the courts? It’s not a race thing – look how OJ did because he had the talent and did the practice necessary to become a football star. That’s free enterprise – incentivise hard work.

        • jim_m

          Really? Because I missed where that was the case in the US before the 1930′s. You’re a crappy liar. Tell us where people got better prisons because they had more money.

          Everything else you say is just BS. Why not spend your time answering RM’s questions?

        • jim_m

          The difference is that medical care actually costs money. and often lots of it. Justice frequently costs very little and the less it costs the more like justice it is. The less medical care costs the more like neglect it is.

          But then I suppose that is the point of socialists like you. We should pay lots for justice and nothing for medical care so ultimately we get neither of both.

          • Commander_Chico

            What are you talking about? Justice costs a lot of money.

            First, you need an expensive lawyer to get top-quality justice, just as you need an expensive doctor to get boutique medical care.

            Second, the status and potential that you earn and your family’s political influence is given due deference by the judge, who is just a government employee, after all. Not to mention the possibility of outright “facilitation payments” with police, clerks and judges.

            Third, the ability to pay for bespoke in-patient rehab and therapy allows you to avoid welfare prisons full of the riff-raff, as young Master Crouch has.

          • jim_m

            No. our justice system costs a lot. We get very poor justice for that. Our medical system costs a lot. We get very good care for the money we spend.

            As I said, the more we pay for justice the less of it we get and you are invested in having the justice system perpetuated to grant politically determined results rather than real justice.

          • Commander_Chico

            We’re privatizing the justice system, as this case shows. Along with all the arbitration clauses for corporation-friendly tribunals.

          • Retired military

            Chico should know. He wasn’t able to avoid the welfare prison riff raff.

          • jim_m

            Here’s your prescious socialized medicine comrade

            “Three damning reports last night laid bare the crisis in NHS hospitals, maternity units and GP surgeries. One investigation revealed that a quarter of new mothers were abandoned by their midwives during labour, with some left to give birth on the floor or in corridors. The second found that mistakes deemed so serious they should never happen are being made in hospitals five times a week. And the third survey said thousands of patients have all but given up trying to secure appointments with their family doctor.”

            I’d say that I hope that none of your family ever has to deal with that, but then that is exactly what you want for everyone else so I really can’t say that.

        • alanstorm

          “Only in socialism does everyone get treated the same. I suppose you are against first class and business class on airlines, too.”

          Chico, those are two of the dumbest statements ever heard on this site.

          One of the principles under which this country was founded is equality UNDER THE LAW. Before you spout any additional idiocy, no it wasn’t perfect to begin with, and it’s not perfect now, but that’s an imbecilic reason to argue that it SHOULD BE imperfect.

          Are you seriously trying to argue that the sentence for an act like this should depend on the wealth of the perpetrator? That buying an first-class airline seat is comparable to manslaughter? ‘Cause that’s what you’re saying, whether you know it or not.

          • jim_m

            He’s trying to equate equal justice with equal everything. He is claiming that if people want equal justice then they have to give up the right to have other privileges that they can pay for.

            And, yes, he really is arguing that under democracy and a capitalist free market that justice is necessarily a commodity that is bought and sold and that conservatives are hypocrites for supposing that we should be able to have business class on the airline and equality before the law.

            Chico has no concept of objective truth or right and wrong so to him the only answer is that in government must force a false form of equality on everyone to ensure that what he sees as “fair” is what people get.

          • Commander_Chico

            Of course. You can’t get good medical care if you’re lazy and poor, and your kids can’t go to good schools, why should you get better justice?

          • jim_m

            Because justice is a basic human right , whereas superior education and health care are not.

            But you, as a socialist believe that rights come only from the government and that they should be dispensed according to political affiliation. You also falsely believe that justice is supposed to be bought in a non socialist system.

            You also confuse wants with rights. Health care is a want. It is not a right. Since health care requires that someone else provide you a service which costs something demanding it as a right means that you claim the goods and services produced by others as a right and that they are infringing upon your right by charging for it. Free healthcare as a right imposes serious obligations upon others without compensating them for their work.

            By contrast justice is about what is morally right and wrong. It does not require someone else to perform a service although we implement justice that way. Justice could also be found by raising a volunteer posse, which would cost nothing. Justice is not a good or service to be bought and sold it is a moral concept available to everyone who can comprehend such things. As such it is clearly beyond your tiny brain to understand.

          • Commander_Chico

            Damn right health care is a “want,” not a right. Let those poor grannies die off if they don’t have money. I don’t care if they just have appendicitis.

            I agree with you on schools, I don’t care how smart that kid is, if his parents don’t have money – too bad.

            But I say, same thing with justice. If you can’t afford a good lawyer and a private rehab, off to prison for you.

          • jim_m

            You’re just being a jerk.

            The law states clearly that a healthcare provider must take care of a patient requiring urgent treatment to save their life. This is consistent with the moral code of the profession going back well over a century. Moral code – that would be something you are unfamiliar with so I understand why you cannot fathom that people would act out of a feeling of moral obligation.

            And you do not agree with me on schools. I believe in academic scholarships and have stated so. In fact I would rather have someone who can learn than some freeloader like yourself who might have someone footing the bill but is incapable of learning.

            In all cases you fail to understand basically because you are incapable of comprehending the concept of an objective standard of truth which affects how one views ideas such as justice, fairness and morality.

          • jim_m

            You’re just being a jerk.

            The law states clearly that a healthcare provider must take care of a patient requiring urgent treatment to save their life. This is consistent with the moral code of the profession going back well over a century. Moral code – that would be something you are unfamiliar with so I understand why you cannot fathom that people would act out of a feeling of moral obligation.

            And you do not agree with me on schools. I believe in academic scholarships and have stated so. In fact I would rather have someone who can learn than some freeloader like yourself who might have someone footing the bill but is incapable of learning.

            In all cases you fail to understand basically because you are incapable of comprehending the concept of an objective standard of truth which affects how one views ideas such as justice, fairness and morality.

          • Commander_Chico

            Damn right health care is a “want,” not a right. Let those poor grannies die off if they don’t have money. I don’t care if they just have appendicitis.

            I agree with you on schools, I don’t care how smart that kid is, if his parents don’t have money – too bad.

            But I say, same thing with justice. If you can’t afford a good lawyer and a private rehab, off to prison for you.

        • jim_m

          I’d really like to hear an explanation from you as to how equal the communist party officials were to the people they ruled over. Or did everyone in the USSR get their own dacha?

          Also, if you could explain how equality is maintained in Canada where the people have to deal with long waiting periods for healthcare but the members of parliament have their own special healthcare plan where they do not have to wait.

          Yes, all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. Chico believes devoutly in this lie and he expects that he will always be included in the more equal category.

          • Brucehenry

            Can you geniuses not tell when you’re being messed with?

      • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

        The skunk cannot change its stripes.

    • Retired military

      Chico goes with Option A. The oligarchy.

    • mikegiles

      No ignorant one. Free market has nothing to do with it. It’s a question of equality before the law. This kid, shouldn’t have been treated like every other left leaning whack job.

      • Commander_Chico

        Why? When parents work hard, their children go to better schools and get better medical treatment. Why should justice be socialist?

        • jim_m

          Socialist justice would be justice that is based on the needs of the community and not based on the individual. Socialist justice was what the Duke faculty demanded when they wanted the lacrosse players convicted because of generations of historical grievance of blacks against whites..

          Webster’s defines justice as “the process or result of using laws to fairly judge and punish crimes and criminals”. So you see justice has nothing to do with socialism or non socialism. It is when fascists like you interject politics that justice becomes perverted.

          But as I said, you have a vested interest in claiming that justice is perverted by democracy so you can then argue that it will be less perverted by invoking your own ideological structure upon it.

          Justice is supposed to be about truth. Only ideologues like you try to insert politics in order to force unjust outcomes to assure the advancement of your ideological agenda.

  • GarandFan

    Sounds like the Texas version of the Kennedy’s. Given his past, I give he one week before he goes over the hill.

    • jim_m

      Yep. And in good Kennedy tradition, after murdering someone with his car he ran away.

  • LiberalNightmare

    Kid must think hes a kennedy or something.

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  • Lawrence Westlake

    It actually would take too long to outline all of the ignorant and dumb components of this blog post. Suffice it to say that the author has spent way too much time watching Law & Order reruns and far too little time (i.e., zero) in actual legal practice. Ah, well. Demographics. And of course within the blog community not having a clue about a topic certainly is no bar to venting about it. Otherwise there wouldn’t be blogs. Ultimately I’d say the most telling point is that the author apparently somehow missed the neon elephant in the room that this all was done in connection with a plea bargain. So if there needs to be outrage the DA’s office would qualify as a necessary recipient. And, yes, even local elections, e.g., those for DA, have real world consequences and severe ripple effects.

  • Brucehenry

    In this post Michael endorses the position of John Edwards that there are “Two Americas.” And there are. Welcome aboard, Michael.

    • jim_m

      Yes, how awful that people should be separated by those who can earn a living and those who seek handouts. We should live in a society where people are separated by political ideology because that is always going to be more fair since we know that leftist ideologues never make mistakes (obamacare not withstanding).

      • Brucehenry

        Says the guy who started out in life three steps ahead of “those who seek handouts.”

        • jim_m

          Fairness does not demand equality of outcome, just equality of opportunity. Any child with a suitable IQ can get into a top level private school. The one I went to offered scholarships based on income and also based on academic performance (for grades 4-8).

          What you resent is that people should be able to use their money to make their lives better. What you want is to be able to tell people how they should spend that money by using the power of government to tax them (ie confiscate their income) and then spend it on ideological objectives.

          Notice that obama tells other people that they’ve earned enough money, but he actually earns far in excess of what they make and shows no intention of sharing his wealth. What you are is a hypocrite, Bruce.

          You don’t even care about equality of outcome, you only care about being able to control those outcomes.

          • Brucehenry

            Thanks for telling me what I think, what I want, and what I care about and don’t care about. LOL.

            Oh and that I’m a hypocrite because of what Obama says about this or that. Also LOL.

            You wouldn’t know anything about what “any” child can do. You have no frame of reference, and don’t care to have one, beyond your own experience back in the 70s and 80s as a child of privilege.

            Spare me stories of pulling oneself up by one’s bootstraps from guys who got a free first class university education and belong to the dominant ethnic/cultural group. Never had to struggle a day in your life but always willing to point fingers at those you deem aren’t struggling hard enough.

          • jim_m

            Asshat. I am talking about today and not the 70′s. Plus, I grew up in the 70′s so what I said still applies to then.

            My grandparents were born in eastern Europe and earned what they got. Why should someone be different simply because they have darker skin? I’m sorry Bruce thinks that blacks are too freaking stupid and incompetent and otherwise too freaking lazy to do what millions of others have done before them.

          • Brucehenry

            I never mentioned race, Mr HeWhoSmeltItDealtIt. I’m talking about class, and about clueless upper-middle-class gasbags who opine on the lack of a Puritan work ethic in those they say aren’t working hard enough to deserve a decent wage.

          • jim_m

            You want a decent wage? Work hard, get promoted. I worked 2 jobs for 1/3 of my career. I don’t have what I do because I am privileged and certainly not because I am white.

            The only people who sneer at the puritan work ethic are ignorant asshats who don’t believe that people should be rewarded for hard work and that instead they should be given a free ride. People who don’t believe in the work ethic are usually lazy freeloaders who can’t cut it on their own. Sorry that you are stuck in mommy’s basement.

          • Brucehenry

            So there are millions of promotions available? Jobs a-plenty for those who are willing to work hard?

            I’m not sneering at the Puritan work ethic, I know it’s part of what made America great. I’m also not sneering at the dignity of an honest day’s work. I’ve read your condescending screeds about “fry cooks” demeaning folks who must do what they can to keep body and soul together. It ain’t everybody that’s got the brains and sterling character you have, Jim.

            It never occurs to you how lucky you’ve been. Yes, you have worked hard and achieved much. EVERYBODY works hard. Millions of honest, hardworking people work hard at jobs you wouldn’t do for the wages they get and will never share in the bounty their work produces, beyond the crumbs they’re tossed while you sneer at them.

            If it did occur to you, you wouldn’t admit it.

          • jim_m

            It occurs to me that at one point in my career I had to start all over from an entry level position. Did you restart your career after 10 years? Have you had to take menial, low paying jobs just so you could keep your house? FUCK YOU!!!! You have ZERO idea of what I have gone through in my life. How dare you make assumptions because I am white, educated and grew up middle class that I have had the streets paved with gold for me.

            I’m sorry that I didn’t turn out to be some freeloading, self loathing, parasite like you would have preferred. But then I am none of the things that you are.

            I have earned my success jackass. Probably more than you will ever be able to say about yourself.

          • Brucehenry

            Yeah, a couple of times, Mr Special.

          • jim_m

            Oh, but because I have a college education and I am white that makes everything I have gone through something to dismiss offhand. I’m just another white male that has had everything handed to me on a silver platter. To you my guilt is the same as my race and gender. You never bother to think twice that it must be true that I have always had it easy. Screw you, dirtbag.

          • jim_m

            You bitch that I misinterpret your words but you assume my whole life story based on my skin color. What does that make you when you are someone who assumes that they know a person’s whole life story based on their skin color????

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            That would be a racist, Jim.

          • jim_m

            That’s the word I was looking for.

            Thanks!

          • Brucehenry

            Not about your skin color — same as mine — but about the head start you were given as opposed to the fry cooks and “takers” of the world, who you so blithely assert could have done the same as you.

          • jim_m

            YEah, I suppose that since the first job I had as a dishwasher in a restaurant I had all the advantages over a fry cook. You’re such a douche.

          • Brucehenry

            Hey, me too! Red Lobster in Daytona Beach. $1.60 per hour. That was minimum wage in 1971. In 3 weeks I was PROMOTED to fry cook. Made $1.70!

          • Brucehenry

            Hey, me too! Red Lobster in Daytona Beach. $1.60 per hour. That was minimum wage in 1971. In 3 weeks I was PROMOTED to fry cook. Made $1.70!

          • jim_m

            YEah, I suppose that since the first job I had as a dishwasher in a restaurant I had all the advantages over a fry cook. You’re such a douche.

        • jim_m

          Oh, and I started there because my parents and grandparents invested in their families rather than seeking hand outs. My parents were the first generation in their families to graduate high school let alone go to college. There is no substitute for earning your way. (OK, once again with the exception of obama)

          • Brucehenry

            Yes there used to be plenty of opportunity for those with a minimal education and lots of gumption and spunk. Then came Reaganomics.

          • jim_m

            Which increased wealth across all income levels. DO I have to bring you back to the income inequality discussion from last week where it was demonstrated decisively that obama has done more to make income inequality worse.

            And while we are revisiting that discussion I will remind you that you and obama favor an increase in income inequality that actually comes at the expense of the poor because it is generated not through merit but by cronyism and government fiat.

      • Commander_Chico

        Exactly what I was saying – some people think justice to be handed to them, even though they’re lazy and have no money.

        • jim_m

          Being lazy they have no excuse. I believe that Clinton was headed in the right direction with his Welfare reforms that pushed people toward employment and being able to support themselves rather than having them trapped on government aid. obama and the left today believe that it is better to trap people in poverty on government aid.

        • jim_m

          Being lazy they have no excuse. I believe that Clinton was headed in the right direction with his Welfare reforms that pushed people toward employment and being able to support themselves rather than having them trapped on government aid. obama and the left today believe that it is better to trap people in poverty on government aid.

        • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

          So this is what equal protection under the law and a justice system blind to privilege looks like to the soi disant cognoscenti?

        • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

          So this is what equal protection under the law and a justice system blind to privilege looks like to the soi disant cognoscenti?

        • alanstorm

          I’m starting to think Bruce is right (for once) – you’re just playing; you aren’t serious. You’re just arguing for the sake of arguing.

          Why, yes, justice should be handed out fairly to all. The Bill of Rights recognizes rights as pre-existing re: the Constitution. However, equality before the law is something that comes about only after there IS a law. As part of the basic social compact under which we subsume our rights to enact justice for ourselves, we demand that it be administered fairly and evenly. Or, at least, we should.

          • Commander_Chico

            Social compact? Where is that written? What does it say?

        • Retired military

          You mean like what they think about healthcare? A job? A good house? an quality education?

          Being treated equally under the law is a right. Not all the things I listed above like you and your leftist buddies think Chico.

          Of course I am not surprised since you make statements like

          “As I said before, try answering what people say, and not try to put words in others’ mouths, debate goes better” – Chico, Famed Wizbangblog poster

          How about practising what you preach Chico.

          1 Oprah,the Lamestream media, Reid, Pelosi, and other major dems have called people racist simply because they oppose Obama’s
          policies. Yet when they oppose those same policies when espoused by Bill, Hillary. Reid, Pelos, Gore, Kerry, etc etc they weren’t considered racist then by Oprah, etc etc (I don’t know isn’t good enough)

          2. People were called racist anarchist terrorists when they tried to delay Obamacare yet Al Franken who did the same thing wasn’t called Racist. Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the call just playing the race card because that is all they have?

          3. People were called racist anarchist terrorist when they called for the delay of all or part of Obamacare and Obama who is unconstitutionally doing the same thing is not called a racist anarchist terrorist. Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the calling are just playing the race card because that is all they have?