There have been stories for decades of a dramatic and horrifying nature of outsiders passing through Texas and being beaten up by police, handcuffed, run into mental hospitals and jails, and essentially ruined for life for having done something as innocuous as raising their voice for a moment. This is the kind of high drama which makes for good Hollywood movies, but which unfortunately is often true and costs more in personal terms for its victims than there are profits for the stories at the box office. Now another side of the ironical twist of Texas styled justice has been seen with probation given to a rich Texas teen after he killed 4 pedestrians driving drunk, reports The Huffington Post on Dec. 12, 2013.
A North Texas teenager who is from an affluent Texas family has been sentenced to probation after he killed four pedestrians when he lost control of hi pickup truck while speeding and driving drunk. Victims of the other side of Texas styled justice, who are not very wealthy or well connected in Texas, and who have criminal and civil records from Texas for doing next to nothing, if anything at all, wrong, are as outraged by this court decision as are the victims' families and prosecutors. Texas state District Judge Jean Boyd supported the defense position that the 16 year old boy needed rehabilitation not prison, with disgusted prosecutors rebuffed when they asked for the maximum 20 years in state custody for the teen.
ABC News reported that the defense representing the teen and his wealthy family cited "affluenza," as a reason the boy should not go to jail in this case. Affluenza is an off the books diagnosis which describes a condition in which children who are generally from very wealthy families feel they have a sense of entitlement. These kids are seen as being irresponsible with many excuses for poor behavior, and associated drug and alcohol abuse, said Dr. Gary Buffone. However, Buffone said in a telephone interview that the term wasn't meant to be used as a defense in a criminal trial or to justify such behavior.
This trial helps to highlight the double standards which Texans are well known for and which have been catching on across the country. A poor kid or an outsider guilty of the same offense would probably be looking at 20 years to life in a high security prison. Worse yet, there are a lot of sane and innocent people who have seen the inside of the mental hospital concentration camps and harsh jails in Texas, followed by wasted lives due to these records from Texas, for having done nothing more than not being wealthy enough and well connected enough in Texas when they were simply passing through the state.