just got off with probation instead of the 20-year sentence sought by prosecutors in Texas yesterday. See heart-wrenching video below. Defense lawyers claimed the kid suffered from "affluenza." (Is this new coinage?) The judge explained the sentence this way--the kids parents were so wealthy he had the impression he could get away with anything so was careless. On top of that, there's little evidence that the kid has any pangs of remorse today.
CNN story here. Rod Dreher on his rehab. Love this quote from prosecutor: "There can be no doubt that he will be in another courthouse one day blaming the lenient treatment he received here."
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Kills 4 in Texas, Gets Off -- Because He is Rich
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