Here is the thirty-fifth article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Jean Boyd, a Texas State District Judge. She is so honored for making justice truly Republican, something that can be bought by the 1%.
16-year old Ethan Couch was driving drunk at THREE times the legal limit and had Valium in his system. He plowed into four people going 70 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone, killing them. Other victims are severely injured; one has severe brain damage. Even after he killed and maimed those people, he was uncooperative and combative with the emergency services and walked away from the police saying "I’m outta here".
He pleaded guilty, of course. But Ethan’s parents are very wealthy. (We are talking the 1%.) They hired an attorney that brought on a psychologist to say Couch was "a product of wealth" and was used to getting "whatever he wanted". Because he was so affluent and accustomed to never having consequences, the attorney argued that he should get therapy as opposed to jail…
…Prosecutors tried to get 20 years. The Defense argued for therapy and probation.
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In my volunteer work, I know a man with a very similar crime, with a few key differences. In his drunken stupor, he killed one, not four. He was contrite from day one. His family was not rick enough to sway a Republican judge, so he served thirty full years in prison. He is now a Drug and Alcohol Counselor.
Now some might ask why I’m assuming that the judge who handed down this horrid verdict is a Republican. First, favoring a non-repentant scion of the super-rich over the deaths of four children is a thoroughly Republican thing to do. But, just to be sure, I looked it up. Jean Boyd is a perfect example of Republican injustice.