February 6, 2014

Ethan Couch was 16 when he killed four friends, paralyzed another and caused one more numerous broken bones and internal injuries while drunk driving. At the time of the accident his blood alcohol was three times the legal limit. A judge ordered Couch to a rehabilitation center paid for by his parents who are wealthy, instead of 20 years in state custody. The Defense used what now is called the "Affluenza"defense, which consists of arguing that since your family is rich and your parents spoiled you, you shouldn't be held to the maximum extend of the law. Or what I like to call getting away with murder because you're rich.

Ethan Couch, 16, has been sentenced to 10 years probation for a June ...
This defense should trouble everyone who isn't considered wealthy because you, your family or friends could die at the hands of someone suffering from "Afflunenza" and never get justice.  Still not sure their wealth status had anything to do with it? Let's see what happens if your poor and decide to drive under the influence and cause bodily harm.

In Baltimore, M.D- Kwaku Wiredu was sentenced to fifteen years in prison with eight years suspended plus Wiredu was ordered to pay $150,000 dollars to the family of  the victim . Doesn't seem that bad? Well the victim, Jimmy Poleto wasn't killed, but suffered a life threatening injury which caused him to be in a coma for three months. Mr.Wiredu was convicted of second-degree assault and was not wealthy.

"Justice is the constant and perpetual will to allot to every man his due."
-Domitus Ulpian

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