16 year old rich white boy does drugs, drink & drives, kills 4 people, and his defense is literally “he is too spoiled to have known anything bad would happen after killing people & he shouldn’t be punished because he’s too rich & spoiled to take any sort of responsibility”
that is a defense & it worked. what a world.
Sorry but not exactly. I think an Imgur user said it best:
"This is misleading.
First, he was not facing a 20 year jail sentence, he was facing a 2 year jail sentence (juvenile exception in California penal code). The Judge was able to punish him more severely than what the prosecutors were asking.
Second, there is no jury in California juvenile proceedings. So the defense attorneys didn’t actually argue that the kid had “affluenza.”
Third, the parents were fined $450,000 per year for the next 10 years.
Fourth, the kid is likely going to be sued in tort by the 4 families and will likely have to pay that verdict for the rest of his life.
So he didn’t “get off only with probation.” Basically the kid is fucked as much as he could be given the state of the laws as written. Also CA three-strikes rule can put him in jail for life later.”
Please read into the actual stories before you state your opinion and criticize a country’s legal system.