Friday, December 27, 2013

A Shameful Example of Poor Leadership in Texas

'Affluenza' case in Texas

Judge Jean Boyd of the Fort Worth Juvenile Court, shown in 2012, has sentenced a 16-year-old to 10 years' probation and ordered him to get therapy, for which his wealthy family will pay, to settle a drunk-driving case in which four people died.

The story of the student in Texas who killed four people driving his car drunk and for legal punishment went to live in a country club paid for by his parents to learn horseback riding is truly bizarre and inexcusable by any international standards.

My readership is international, and I would say to Judge Jean Boyd in person if I could: "It doesn't look good."As a lawyer friend said, "There must be something we don't know."

I say shame on Judge Boyd. Shame on the entire American legal system, too, for ultimately letting this one boy get away with murdering four people without any punishment when everyone knows it wasn't fair from an international perspective. Sadly, I don't suppose any shame will be felt.

As Shakespeare said, "Justice has to be seen to be done," and justice wasn't seen to be done here.

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