Outraged Americans petition Gov. Perry to remove judge in ‘affluenza’ DUI case

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Outraged Americans are petitioning Gov. Rick Perry to immediately remove from the bench the Texas judge who bought into the controversial “affluenza defense” and sentenced Ethan Couch to 10-years probation after his reckless drunk driving accident killed four people.

Though multiple reports have said Judge Jean Boyd was expected to retire and not seek reelection in 2014, that isn’t soon enough or good enough for many across the nation who are disgusted by what seemed an awfully lenient sentence for an underage drunk driver who murdered four and injured seven more people.

The following petition was started by Terrence Green from Dallas and published on Change.org. Green wrote:

Judge Boyd gave a child probabtion for Killing four people while driving drunk an with Valiums in his system.

Prior to sentencing, a psychologist called by the defense, Dr. G. Dick Miller, testified that Couch’s life could be salvaged with one to two years’ treatment and no contact with his parents.

Investigators said Couch was driving a pickup truck between 68 and 70 miles-per-hour in a 40 mph zone. The four who died were standing on the side of the road outside their vehicle. Nine others were hurt.

Miller said Couch’s parents gave him “freedoms no young person should have.” He called Couch a product of “affluenza,” where his family felt that wealth bought privilege and there was no rational link between behavior and consequences.

He said Couch got whatever he wanted. As an example, Miller said Couch’s parents gave no punishment after police ticketed the then-15-year-old when he was found in a parked pickup with a passed out, undressed 14-year-old girl.

Miller also pointed out that Couch was allowed to drive at 13. He said the teen was emotionally flat and needed years of therapy. At the time of the fatal wreck, Couch had a blood alcohol content of .24, said Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson. It is illegal for a minor to drive with any amount of alcohol in his or her system.

Judge Boyd could have sentenced Couch to up to 20 years.

Defense attorneys asked that he be sent to a small, private home in California, which offers intensive one-on-one therapy. They said Couch’s father would pay the entire $450,000 price tag.

Prosecutors pointed out that the juvenile justice system also offers counseling.

These four lives have to be worth something. basically because his family is rich the judge is sayign it’s ok.

Interestingly, in March 2012, Judge Jean Boyd sentenced a 14-year-old black teen to 10-years in prison for punching Mark Gregory who died after hitting his head on the pavement, according to a report from WFAA-TV News 8.

Though the judge tried to send the black teen to a rehabilitation facility like Couch will attend, “no one would take him,” Gregory’s mother Anita Lauterbach told the news station.

“We were horrified. We just couldn’t believe it. The district attorney and I were just sitting on pins and needles. But, when nobody would take him, [it was] a sigh of relief,” Lauterbach said.

According to the article, “Lauterbach said she’s still disgusted at her experience with the judge.”

“She’s too easy on them,” Lauterbach said. “I don’t think she needs to be sitting on that bench.”

Watch a report from WFAA News 8 here:

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  • Boobie_The_Rocket_Dog

    Prosecution ought to appeal. It can be done. Then there are the eleven civil suits against daddy to consider.

    • Chico Hinojos

      if you got the money,thats texas for you

      • Chico Hinojos

        got away with murder,literally

      • victoria_29


    • AndyMatts

      Prosecution can rarely appeal.

  • Jack Black

    She should throw the parents in jail for having a child and not wanting to take the time to raise him properly. ITS THE PARENTS FAULT. God forbid they should take time out of their filthy rich day to spend with their child and teach him.

    • luchia

      How the hell do you know how they raised him? Where you there? Hmmm, class envy also.

      • nicoleyyy

        He lived in a mansion unsupervised and all alone.


        also you must be in the lowest class posible because you can’t even use the right “were”.

      • sto010011

        Did you pay any attention to this case? “Affluenza” (what a joke), means he wasn’t taught to know the difference between right and wrong. That means….drum roll..its exactly the parents fault, and they should then be held accountable. So that’s how the hell we know how he was raised. It’s right there on record.

        • victoria_29

          I will bet that his parents are liberals.

          • JC

            yes Victoria because Texas is just rife with wealthy Liberal business owners, the state is known for it…

          • joeblow1984

            Micheal Dell is a Democrat, and so is Mark Strama who is starting up Google fiber, both are wealthy. Take Westlake just right outside of Austin, over 50 percent of them donated in 2012 to, drum roll please…. Barack Obama. Want my source? It was on the front page of the Austin American Statesman in June of 2012. Michael Dell and Strama? County Register.

          • utexashorns

            You can not base an ENTIRE state, (the 2nd largest in population mind you), on a suburb of Austin. Please tell me you don’t have a research background or anything…heaven help us. FYI since I happen to live in Westlake- Austin is liberal- Texas is not.

          • engineeringstudent

            Okay, let me give you some insight from someone that lives around here (Fort Worth). Austin is a WHOLE different community than the rest of Texas. Fort Worth is most definitely conservative.

      • Dee Anderson

        Parents didn’t raise him well, and they have had brushes with the law, too.

  • Jan McMullen

    I would be signing that petition and passing it along if I lived in that state! Judges records need to be published for all to see!

  • davepinoy

    There must be a very good ‘reason’ for the judge’s sentence…like hundreds of thousands reason in his bank account? right?

    • My_Opinion

      The judge is a woman, not a man.

  • Darrell Jackson

    This Judge proved that money is power and that is the message he gave to the criminal teenager who has learned nothing from this!

    • francoamerian

      The judge is not a he. It is a she.

  • Blessed Mary

    There are ppl out there with Felonies on their records for 3 DUI ‘s on their records who did not KILL or Hurt anyone.. This spoiled brat is not going to get any better unless he is subject to the full extent of the Law for KILLING 4 People. I hope the families sue for everything his parents are worth.

  • Ruth Sullivan

    not that this judge is racist…..but she recently sentenced another black teen to 10 years for killing just one person…..go figure

    • My_Opinion

      This has to do with money, not race.

    • Chico Hinojos

      she is a racist

      • francoamerian

        It appears that way. I think her favorite color is green.

  • Arden Hale

    So….this was a minor. And I’m confused just to clarify he was drunk because of medication?

    • Sinaku

      Read the article, lazy ass. It clearly stats he had a BAC of .24 AND was on medications.

      • francoamerian

        It did not say if the meds were prescribed.

        • victoria_29

          the meds were NOT prescribed and that is not even the point, even if prescribed you do not drive impaired.

      • Arden Hale

        Dry up and blow away.

  • wvweightgs

    You need to check out the money trail and see if the judge just came into a good bit of money. Bet something is found, and it is called …..a smoking gun……If so she need to be sent to where she has sent the worst of her cases for their sentence so they can get to know each other again.

  • Arlen Kundert

    Makes you wonder if somebody got a kick back… I *didn’t* say who (I don’t wanna get sued).

    • Chico Hinojos

      pretty sure

    • joeblow1984

      I will say it for you, since I ace hiding my assets. Judge Jean Boyd and her cronies including but not limited too the defense attorney, the so called “expert” with the cracker jack doctorate that’s who.

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