Posts Tagged justice
Drunk driving Texas teen Ethan Couch gets probation
A wealthy north Texas teenager who killed four pedestrians while driving intoxicated has been sentenced to probation, prompting anger from critics.
Ethan Couch, 16, had three times the legal drinking limit in his blood following the accident on 15 June.
His lawyers argued his family’s wealth and lack of parental oversight justified rehabilitation.
Couch had faced up to 20 years in prison for the crime.
Authorities say Couch was seen stealing two cases of beer from a local store before he and seven passengers drove away in his pick-up truck.
The truck later struck and killed a stranded motorist and three good Samaritans who had stopped to help, including a mother and daughter.
Two of the passenger’s in Couch’s pick-up truck were also seriously injured.
During his Fort Worth trial, Couch’s defence team argued he suffered from “affluenza”, a popularised term for children from wealthy families who have a sense of entitlement and make excuses for poor behaviour, according to media reports.
One psychologist testified that Couch was raised in a household where his parents were preoccupied and overly indulgent, arguing and later divorcing.
On Tuesday, Juvenile court judge Jean Boyd later determined Couch would be better served by enrolling in a private $450,000-a year (£275,200) rehabilitation centre that his parents would pay for than to be sent into the Texas juvenile justice system.
The decision raised ire from critics, who said it was too lenient a sentence and not commensurate with sentences handed down to poorer individuals for comparable crimes.
Florida psychologist Dr Gary Buffone called the sentence a slap on the wrist for “a very serious offense.
“The defence is laughable,” he told the Associated Press news agency. “Not only haven’t the parents set any consequences, but it’s being reinforced by the judge’s actions.”
The writer of an op-ed in the Christian Science Monitor on Thursday said the case illustrated a “double standard” where poor kids “often go to jail for 20 years”.
Mike Hashimoto, an editorial writer for Dallas News, wrote on Wednesday that “despite all the death in his wake, Ethan Couch didn’t learn a thing he didn’t already know.
“It’s far better to come from that wealthy place where actions seldom have those nasty old consequences,” he wrote. “That’s for other folks.”
If this kid had been poor and black, he would have got the full twenty!
This leniency is just plain disgusting!
This slap on the wrist needs to be appealed, this kid needs to learn the consequences of his actions.
Oh, and the judge needs to be fired! He needs to learn the consequence of his actions too!
“Earlier, the UK Foreign Office warned it could lift the embassy’s diplomatic status to fulfil a “legal obligation” to extradite the 41-year-old by using the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act 1987.
That allows the UK to revoke the diplomatic status of an embassy on UK soil, which would potentially allow police to enter the building to arrest Mr Assange for breaching the terms of his bail.”
Take a look at the provisions of the Vienna Convention 1961 to which Britain is a signatory:
Article 22 1.The premises of the mission shall be inviolable. The agents of the receiving State may not enter them, except with the consent of the head of the mission. 2.The receiving State is under a special duty to take all appropriate steps to protect the premises of the mission against any intrusion or damage and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of the mission or impairment of its dignity. 3.The premises of the mission, their furnishings and other property thereon and the means of transport of the mission shall be immune from search, requisition, attachment or execution.
Which means the British law DOES NOT and CANNOT supersede the Vienna Convention.
If Britain tries to enforce its Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act 1987, it is in direct violation of the Convention. Something which no other country in the world has dared to do; not the Chinese, not the Russians, but nobody.
Ecuador has behaved properly in this matter. Granting asylum in the face of jurisdictions that have been warped by the voracious need of the USA and its need for blood.
The fact that Sweden has refused to avail itself of the opportunity to conduct its investigation abroad instead of pursuing extradition, shows that they have absolutely no interest in justice over the matter with which Assange is charged, rather their intention is obvious; to get Assange in a position where he can be extradited to the USA.
The Americans had their nose bloodied by the Wikileaks releases, and they are determined to be the bully and exact revenge.
Note, that Britain has said it will arrest Assange if he leaves the mission.
“the means of transport of the mission shall be immune from search, requisition, attachment or execution.”
If Assange is transported by mission transport, he can’t be touched.
Probation officers to be replaced by electronic kiosks in pilot scheme
Unions are furious with government plans that will see offenders released from prison and those serving community sentences reporting to electronic kiosks rather than probation officers.
They are warning that the move, which will be introduced in a pilot scheme to be run in two London boroughs, Bexley and Bromley, and will be expanded across the capital if successful, could put the public at greater risk and is designed to cut staff numbers. But the government has defended the scheme, which will run from June until the end of the year, saying it will let probation officers spend more time with offenders.
Under the plan, offenders will log into the purple machines, located in probation service offices, using fingerprints. Biometric reporting, as it is known, is used in the US, where the machines interact with up to 300 offenders.
Source The Guardian Read more
This is one area where you can’t take short cuts.
Just like farming prisons out to private companies who are interested in profits and to hell with habilitation.
The world will end up paying for this.
It’s just the same as parents using TV to mind the kids, the abdication of parental control is a major part of today’s social problems and they hope to solve them using the same thinking that created them…
I shake my head.
“Ciaron O’Reilly, 51, said: “Assange is probably the most amazing person in recent history who’s upset so many powerful people in such a short space of time so it’s obviously not a level playing field.”
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Absolutely. Let’s see if Sweden hand him over to the Americans. Then we will understand if Sweden understands the word ‘justice.’