Monday, June 13, 2016
Brock Turner, The Stanford Assaulter, and Ethan Anthony Couch, the Affluenza Teen, Are Two Peas in a Pod
Brock Turner, and Ethan Couch, Two peas in a pod. Both are self-centered, spoiled brats with a sense of entitlement. Both are amoral or immoral Both have a lack of remorse, although Brock says he has remorse. His statement with its lies indicate otherwise. Both had a history of alcohol and drug problems, if not addiction, going back to high school. Both committed horrific crimes under the influence. Brock tested at .17 after the assault and Ethan was at .24 after the accident. Ethan also tested positive for marijuana and valium. Both had sympathetic judges who seemed to show compassion for the defendant but not the victims. Both had parents who could afford a high quality defense. An inebriated Turner followed a woman outside a party and then sexually assaulted her while she was semi-unconscious. DNA tests showed no genital to genital penetration, so the rape charges were lowered. The jury convicted on three felony charges. Couch stole two cases of beer from a WalMart on June 15, 2013 and then proceeded at 70mph in a 40mph zone along a two lane road with 7 passengers in the back of his dad’s F-350 pickup. His pickup veered off the road, crashing into a stranded SUV and then into a parked car assisting the SUV. Four persons were killed by the intoxicated driver. Sergio Molina, a passenger in the pickup, suffered traumatic brain damage, necessitating constant medical care. Dick Miller, a psychologist, testified that Crouch suffered from “affluenza,” such that he was so spoiled by wealth that he lacked responsibility. Thus, he needed rehab rather than jail time. Judge Jean Boyd sentenced him to 10 years probation and therapy at a care facility. Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Turner to six months, with a probable release after 3 months. Both cases set of a national uproar. Judge Boyd retired on December 31, 2014, after 20 years on the bench. Judge Persky is facing a recall election. Two brats spoiled first by parents and then by judges. Two peas in a pod. Turner and Couch aren’t the only spoiled kids out there. They just happened to have been responsible or horrific crimes.