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Belated Christmas Present

US ‘affluenza’ teenager Ethan Couch arrested in Mexico:

A Texas teenager who avoided jail over a fatal drink-driving crash by claiming he suffered from “affluenza” has been detained by police in Mexico.

Ethan Couch, 18, and his mother Tonya were taken into custody in the west coast resort town of Puerto Vallarta.

He was on ten years of probation, which was a ‘gift’ for the crime he committed, and he posted a video that seemed to show him violating the terms of his parole. On top of that he failed to appear at a hearing and fled the country.

Depending on how annoyed the judge is over Couch’s conduct, he could be looking at prison time, probably 10 years. His mother will probably be charged with aiding and abetting a fleeing felon.

It couldn’t happen to nicer people… 😈

4 comments

1 Badtux { 12.29.15 at 10:45 pm }

You know a kid is a rough and rugged outlaw when he needs his mommy to drive him on the lam.

They’ve now said he’s going to get 180 days in the county jail. Because prison, apparently, would be too tough for the poor widdle rich boy. Meanwhile there’s people who’ve been in prison for years for nothing more than possessing a few weeds that grow wild in ditches all over the place. Yay. America. Where we have two systems of justice — one for rich people, and one for the rest of us.

2 Kryten42 { 12.30.15 at 4:41 am }

I’ve been catching up on news now I (kinda) have ‘net access. Came across this & thought you might be interested Bryan…

A software bug caused the early release of 3,200 US prisoners

Here’s the summary if you don’t want to follow the link:

The US Department of Corrections discovered a long-standing software bug that resulted in the early release of prisoners.

This news is disconcerting and demonstrates the importance to carefully consider the technology in our lives. The Washington State Department of Corrections (DoC) launched an investigation after it early released 3,200 prisoners over the course of 13 years.

It seems that a software bug present in the systems of the Department since 2002, caused errors in the calculation of time credits for the good behavior of individuals while imprisoned.

The bugs led errors in the calculation of sentence reductions for the US prisoners that had a good behavior, the experts estimated that in a 13-year period, the average number of days of those released early from prison was 49 days before the correct release date.

What… Nobody in the DoC knows how to use a calculator?

I wonder what other bugs are there they haven’t found, given it only took about 13 years to find this one! It should be incredible, but it isn’t at all. It’s typical.

3 Kryten42 { 12.30.15 at 4:57 am }

BTW, the bug was reported to the DoC in 2012. It was flagged as “time sensitive” & to be fixed ASAP. I guess 3-4 years is fast for a bureaucratic Gov. Department. 😆

4 Bryan { 12.30.15 at 2:51 pm }

They were caught when they used one of their personal cellphones to call Domino’s to order a pizza delivered to their condo in Puerto Vallarta. They didn’t even have sense enough to buy a burner phone with cash in a different area code before heading to Mexico. Too arrogant to believe that their phones were as subject to tracking as are everyone’s.

They are fighting extradition, and Texas is trying to get his case transferred to adult court.

To save money, Kryten, states have privatized their IT departments. This means that someone with basic math skills figured out that someone they hated was being released early, and wanted to know why in 2012. In the years since, the state DoC have been attempting to put out a contract for the work to actually fix the problem. It has only been two state election cycles to get the money for the contract, so there is still time in the US system.