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Friday, October 23, 2015



Affluenza-or "How to get away with Murder" in real life.  I'm wondering, do you think the writers on that show will somehow create an episode with this poppycock theory in mind????

For those who haven't heard of the term or what it is:

A 16 year-old drug-addled, drunk teenager with parents who should also be in jail for stupidity, all "got off" of the kid spending the rest of his life in prison for driving in the previously mentioned state and killing 4 people and injuring numerous others.  Yes, it was determined (I kid you not) that he was too "spoiled" to be sent to jail!

His rich parents admit that they should've been better parents and not given him the vision that their having money meant he'd never have to follow any rules, anywhere at anytime, but that didn't mean "he should have to suffer and go to jail".

The judge, who has since retired, deemed that his (parent hired) psychologist was correct in saying he suffered from "affluenza" and should just be forced into re-hab and be on probation for 10 years.

When I heard the news report, the journalist was doing a special hour-long piece on the absurdity and horror of this entire debacle on a weekly news show.  I had to tape it and find out the entire "scoop" for myself.

That is the reason for this particular rant.  I'm horrified by Texas (of all states!) allowing this kid to get nothing but a slap on the wrist for what should amount to nothing short of first degree murder!  The families lives he changed forever, the pain and suffering he caused and the knowledge that even now, neither he or his parents have EVER apologized to the victims or shown the slightest bit of remorse.

The details of the parents absenteeism and bad parenting and the lack of moral code from all 3 are just plain appalling.  Truth is, an older 1/2 sister even told their mom that the kid was in trouble and the mother ignored her- that was  only a mere week before the kid got into his fancy expensive truck late at night and plowed into 4 innocents, slammed into on-coming cars during his self-declared "game of chicken" and even rolling his own car into a ditch.

Shame on the parents, shame on that kid and shame on the judge, defense attorney and therapist who felt he should get no time behind bars.

I'm all for kids making mistakes and learning from them, how else will they learn?  However, this is taking it to a whole new level and worse, the kid has only had his horrible upbringing confirmed.  He isn't privy to dealing with consequences because he's rich. 

I hadn't heard of this case before your post, but given the facts you outline here, it sounds awful. I'm not sure that being from a wealthy background but having crummy parents should count as a solid defense.
I'm positive it shouldn't-hence the "shame on you" toward the lawyer, the parents and the "kid" himself.
I heard of that case too. I think the kid being 16 years old had something to do with it too. Texas is usually pretty tough on its criminal element, but individual judges can do whatever they please. I wonder what's going to happen with the lady in at Oklahoma who did pretty much the same thing. You have to be so careful when you're a pedestrian anymore.
Now see at 16 I truly believe he's at the point where he knew he was endangering everyone's lives and didn't care and therefore should have been held totally responsible for his actions. a few years in juvi would do him wonders. maybe not GOOD wonders, but give him a dose of reality
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