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So I saw the case on the boy Ethan Couch, he was drunk killed 3 or 4 people with his car claimed he was too rich to understand right from wrong and got rehab instead of jail. Anyways it made me rmember something a lawyer on t.v. said years ago. "It is better to be rich and guilty than poor and innocent".  So it made me think if you won a huge jackpot and your kid did something illegal, would you try to get them off like O.J. and hire a dream team of attorney's or would you let them take their chances with a mediocre lawyer and maybe go to jail?? Would you become one of the rich who thinks they can buy their way out of things? What's your take on these type incidents?

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    It depends on how much money you actually got from the lottery.  And for me, I'm old school, so what that means is, if the family is financially well off, my kids better not be getting in trouble.

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      Hire a dream team...but I'd definitely take away their Playstation

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        So I saw the case on the boy Ethan Couch, he was drunk killed 3 or 4 people with his car claimed he was too rich to understand right from wrong and got rehab instead of jail. Anyways it made me rmember something a lawyer on t.v. said years ago. "It is better to be rich and guilty than poor and innocent".  So it made me think if you won a huge jackpot and your kid did something illegal, would you try to get them off like O.J. and hire a dream team of attorney's or would you let them take their chances with a mediocre lawyer and maybe go to jail?? Would you become one of the rich who thinks they can buy their way out of things? What's your take on these type incidents?

        Hi Shelby Mustang,

        I remember reading about that story and how angry I was that Ethan got off and never had to spend anytime in jail. I am so tired of wealthy people being able to hire the best defense and get off. I've never understood why drunk drivers get off so easy. What is the difference between someone with a loaded gun killing someone and someone who is drunk, gets behind their wheel and kills people because of their recklessness? I see no difference and until our laws change and drunk driving is looked upon as murder then I don't see things changing. Sometimes parents need to give their kids tough love and have them do the time in certain cases like the one you mentioned. What about the 3 or 4 people who were killed by this young man's actions, there lives were ended forever, and what about their families lifelong heartbreak? I' m so tired of our justice system catering to the wealthy people in our society. What was the judge thinking by just sending Ethan to rehab instead of jail? If I ever became rich I would not try to buy my way out of things. We need to have a justice system that does not care if you have money to buy the best defense or you are dirt poor. This would also apply to celebrities who manage to get off for crimes that the ordinary person would be in jail for.

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          nah i'd let the little <snip>er fry. hopefully  i would have pssed my morals on, and he wouldnt want to get off  facing the consequences  of his actions anyhow. 

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            nah i'd let the little <snip>er fry. hopefully  i would have pssed my morals on, and he wouldnt want to get off  facing the consequences  of his actions anyhow. 

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             I Agree! i don't care how RICH OR FAMOUS  you are, you do it, you face the laws we ALL have to live by ,  the parents should be ashamed  for raising such a spoiled child ...

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              I would hire them a good lawyer to get the best representation possible but they need to face the consequences of their actions. Wheter is by the justice system or being cut off by me , repeatedly bailing your children out is just setting them out for failure. I'm not going to be an accomplice to their reckless behavior.


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                I am deathly afraid of influenza, Scaredso every year I am sure to get my flu shot.

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                  I am deathly afraid of influenza, Scaredso every year I am sure to get my flu shot.

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                    Hire a dream team...but I'd definitely take away their Playstation

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                    that and I'd force them to watch nutting but both versions of Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory for a month and two

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                      Hi Shelby Mustang,

                      I remember reading about that story and how angry I was that Ethan got off and never had to spend anytime in jail. I am so tired of wealthy people being able to hire the best defense and get off. I've never understood why drunk drivers get off so easy. What is the difference between someone with a loaded gun killing someone and someone who is drunk, gets behind their wheel and kills people because of their recklessness? I see no difference and until our laws change and drunk driving is looked upon as murder then I don't see things changing. Sometimes parents need to give their kids tough love and have them do the time in certain cases like the one you mentioned. What about the 3 or 4 people who were killed by this young man's actions, there lives were ended forever, and what about their families lifelong heartbreak? I' m so tired of our justice system catering to the wealthy people in our society. What was the judge thinking by just sending Ethan to rehab instead of jail? If I ever became rich I would not try to buy my way out of things. We need to have a justice system that does not care if you have money to buy the best defense or you are dirt poor. This would also apply to celebrities who manage to get off for crimes that the ordinary person would be in jail for.

                      Hi Shy I think the argument that drunk drivers get off or rather can only be charged with manslaughter rather than murder is because of what the lawyers say is "diminished capacity". Basically means that they were too impaired to know any better

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                        It has more to do with the mens rea/state of mind.  One needs to have a specific intent to murder.  So if you are drunk, it is often argued you could not form a rational decision (one that you might not have other made if you were sober). So the lesser offense of manslaughter arises.

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                          I am afraid of affluenza.  Thats why I pick up my food stamps every week.