Judge Jean Boyd’s sentencing of a Keller 16-year-old to 10 years’ probation Tuesday for the drunken-driving crash that killed four people is stunning and unacceptable. (See Wednesday news story, “Teen gets probation for 4 DWI fatalities.”)
Although I did not advocate the 20-year jail sentence she could have imposed, some degree of punishment was called for, and a year in a posh California rehab facility doesn’t strike me as reasonable in a case involving the deaths of four people.
Three years’ confinement in a youth facility and only then going into treatment would have been much more appropriate to serving the dual goals of punishment and rehabilitation.
The psychologist who testified for the defense reportedly stated that Couch was a product of “affluenza” — that his family felt that wealth bought privilege and that there was no rational link between behavior and consequences.
How sadly ironic that Judge Boyd’s sentence also failed to link behavior and consequences, and did such a disservice to the relatives of the victims in the process.
— Mark Monse, Coppell
It’s hard to imagine what Judge Boyd was thinking.
It is understandable, perhaps, that in her judicial capacity she would focus somewhat on the rehabilitation potential of the defendant.
It is not understandable, however, that by the sentence she handed down she:
Showed a complete disregard for the deceased and living victims in this case; exacerbated the trauma suffered by the family members and friends of the deceased and injured; ignored the driving-while-intoxicated problem that this community and Texas suffers from; and, finally, undermined the message of agencies such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving that have fought against this issue for decades.
— John Lunt, Fort Worth
Shame on you Judge Boyd!
Four people are dead, others are injured and she gives probation to a drunk driver.
You say you are concerned about rehabilitation? Great! So am I.
Let this teen spend 10 years in jail as punishment and then force him into counseling and rehab afterward.
Judge Boyd, you really don’t get it, do you?
You’re as much of the problem as these drunk drivers. You have the duty to get these people off the road, to hand down sentences that might deter others from driving under the influence, to protect me and my family from drunk drivers.
You’ve failed your duty.
— Mark C. Eissler, Burleson
A bad merger
People are touting the American Airlines/US Airways merger as a great thing.
They’re obviously not American stockholders who invested and stayed with the airline during its bankruptcy.
The merger was obviously written by the US Airways group. They’re getting 1:1 shares of their old stock vs. the new AAL stock.
American Airlines’ old stockholders are being traded the new stock at 1/15th the value of their old stock.
I had 41,228 shares worth $469,000 in my 401k plan last Friday. With the merger, it diminished to 2,741 shares worth under $67,000.
American has taken their loyal stockholders on a very expensive ride.
I also have almost 2 million miles flying with American.
That’s a lot of business I have given them over the years, and this is my reward.
— Gary Van Waters, Keller
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