Oh So Special – Amanda Green

Oh So Special – Amanda Green


Everywhere you look these days, it seems like you will find someone who feels they are entitled to whatever they want simply because of who they happen to be. This isn’t anything new. There have always been people like that. Today, however, it seems like that attitude is becoming the norm and not the exception. Worse, this sense of entitlement extends not to just economic goals or even social standing, the main form a sense of entitlement used to take. Now we have the attitude of “you can’t do that because it makes me feel bad” or “you can’t do that because I don’t want you to.” We have children going through public school who don’t have to face the consequences of their decisions not to study. We have an entire generation that has been raised to think it is special, only to discover that the world isn’t one of equality or, gasp, one that believes that they are as special as they have been told for the last 18 years.

The prime example of this attitude is the farce of a defense that was somehow accepted by District Court Judge Jean Boyd (who thankfully did not run for re-election). Affluenza. Sounds pretty awful doesn’t it? Poor little Ethan Couch, convicted of killing four and injuring many more in a drunk driving crash, didn’t know what he was doing. Not because he had a blood alcohol content more than twice the legal limit at the time of the accident. No, poor little Ethan didn’t know better because he had been raised too rich and without any discipline. You see, his parents never put any consequences on him for his actions. So, according to the defense no one believed would be taken seriously by the court, he shouldn’t be held truly accountable for his actions in killing and injuring so many people that dark night almost three years ago.

I blogged about poor little Ethan – yes, the snark meter runs high when I say that – this past New Year’s Eve. Here is the timeline for what happened regarding Ethan.

  • 19, 2013 – Couch is found in a pickup with a beer and a bottle of vodka. The result of this is a citation for minor in possession of alcohol.
  • June 15, 2013 — Couch first steals alcohol from a local convenience store. Then the accident that killed four and injured nine occurs. His blood alcohol content measured at more than three times the legal limit.
  • 10, 2013 — Couch is sentenced to 10 years probation, in-house treatment.
  • 19, 2014 — Couch begins his in-house treatment at taxpayer expense.
  • 14, 2014 — his father is arrested for impersonating a police officer. (Another indication that his parents have more than a few issues of their own?)
  • 2, 2015 — the Youtube video goes viral.
  • 11, 2015 — arrest warrant issued after authorities learn Couch failed to report as ordered to his probation officer and after finding the home he shared with his mother empty.
  • 18, 2015 — U. S. Marshals join the search for Couch and his mother.
  • 28, 2015 — Couch and his mother arrested in Puerto Vallarta.

A week later, his mother, Tonya Couch, was returned to the United States. Ethan, however, has been transferred to a holding facility in Mexico City where he is fighting his extradition. The legal authorities are almost unanimous that this is only delaying the inevitable and adding to the frustration of the authorities in Texas who have had more than enough of poor little Ethan and his refusal to take responsibility for his actions.

Yes, refuses. This is no longer the 16 year old who stood before the judge and was determined that he had had such a poor upbringing by his parents that he couldn’t be held truly responsible for his actions. This is an 18 year old man who knew that he faced a possible violation of his probation because of a Youtube video that surfaced and apparently showed him taking part at a party beer pong game. This is an 18 year old who made the decision to skip his upcoming meeting with his probation officer where, presumably, he would have been tested for alcohol and possibly drugs. This is an 18 year old who made the decision to leave not only the state but the country with his mother in an effort to avoid prosecution. This is an 18 year old who did so even though the most he could have received as a probation violation was 120 days, if I remember correctly, behind bars because the case is still resting in the juvenile courts.

Justice will come for Ethan Couch and probably much sooner than he would prefer. But he is only part of this story. His mother, Tonya, is the star and she is a prime example of the attitude I mentioned at the beginning of this post. Her attitude of “I can do whatever I want” is what led to the problems her son finds himself in and now she is continuing to play the same game. It is going to be interesting today to see what sort of arguments her attorney puts forth in an effort to get her $1 million bail reduced.

As I write this, Tonya Couch sits in a Tarrant County jail cell awaiting her bond reduction trial. On Friday, she made a brief appearance in court where no plea was made because her attorney had been held up in traffic. Sorry, but really? Anyway, true to form, Tonya apparently complained about not being able to get enough sleep in her cell because it was too bright, etc. Sheriff Dee Anderson’s response was indicative of what many people feel. He told her she was in jail, not at a vacation resort. That byplay, according to her attorney, was inappropriate. Riiight.

So today Tonya appears before a judge to argue that the bail is unreasonably high. She is charged with a third degree felony, basically with hindering the apprehension and prosecution of another. The standard bail for such a charge is $25,000 or less. So her attorney wants the bail reduced to $15,000. If granted, all Tonya would have to post is $1,500 and then she could walk out of the county jail.

Am I the only one who believes she would then walk down the street, never to be seen again – at least not until she was once more found and arrested?

But, Amanda, surely they took her passport away from her.

Nope. She claims that somehow in transit from Mexico to Los Angeles to Fort Worth it was lost.

But, Amanda, her attorney has assured everyone that Tonya would abide by any restriction the court would put on her.

Sorry, don’t buy it. This is the woman who knew her son had to regularly report to the probation office to meet the terms of his probation. This is the woman who sold the house she and her son were living in and then allegedly threw a going away party for the two of them. This is the woman who withdrew $30,000 prior to leaving the United States. This is the woman who called Ethan’s father and her now ex-husband to say he would never see her or Ethan again. This is the woman who paid an approximately $2,000 bar tab her son managed to run up a club in Mexico (said tab was for booze and lap dances and said bar is one favored by El Chapo. So it was probably a good thing for Ethan that she had all that cash on hand.)

So pardon me if I don’t have any faith in Tonya Couch living up to any provisions the court might place on her if she manages to bail out of jail, no matter what the bail amount.

But, Amanda, the court will have her wear a monitor so the probation office always knows where she is.

Again, riiiiight. The same sort of monitor that others before her have managed to get out of.

Perhaps it is finally time for someone to put their foot down and make sure Tonya, and through her Ethan, learn that there are consequences to their actions. This wasn’t some accidental crossing over the border where they were picked up by the Mexican police for having weapons in their possession. Although, there has been a report that a handgun was found in their hotel room after their arrest. If true, that could cause some problems for poor little Ethan since Mommy Dearest isn’t available for the Mexican authorities to make an example of.

Tonya Couch has shown a complete disregard of the law. Whether she agreed with it or not, running with her son was not the way to deal with the situation. She and her husband had managed to find themselves a convincing shyster once. Hence the affluenza defense no one thought would ever be taken seriously. Clearly, Judge Boyd was moved by the argument that being rich and raised without rules can make you unable to know that getting behind the wheel of a car could lead to bad things happening. Why else give Ethan only a 10 year probation when, in an earlier and remarkably similar case, she sentenced another 16 year old 20 years in prison? There is no doubt Tonya Couch knows how to manipulate the system and, when she steps into the courtroom today, she plans to do so once again.

I have a word of warning for her. Should she manage to get her bail reduced to an amount she can afford to post it, slipping away from the jurisdiction might not be as easy as she thinks. Even if she manages to get rid of the electronic monitoring device, I have a feeling members of the law enforcement agencies locally will be more than glad to sit on her, even if it is on their off time. What she and her son have done is spit in all their faces. Worse, not once has there been a showing of remorse on her part or, more importantly, on Ethan’s for what happened that dark night in 2013.

As for the judge hearing the case today, I don’t envy him. it has been some time since there has been such an emotionally charged case in Tarrant County. Following the law is a must but there will also have to be some common sense applied as well. That is the nice thing about bond hearings. The judge has a framework of recommended bonds to be guided by but he can also look at things like the financial health of the accused, the likelihood of the accused remaining in the jurisdiction, the danger the accused presents to the public-at-large and, if you want to be honest about it, the danger the accused faces if released.

I have no doubt that when the case is called later today, there will be people in the gallery looking on that Tonya should fall on her knees before and beg forgiveness from, not only for what she did but for what her son has done. She won’t. Remorse and responsibility don’t appear to be in her lexicon. Perhaps it is time someone made sure she learns the meaning of the words. Today can and should be the first step in doing so.

103 thoughts on “Oh So Special – Amanda Green

  1. What really annoys me is that some people are trying to claim that “Conservatives” are acting like they’re “Oh So Special”.

    One “individual” claimed that the Oregon ranchers are protesting in order to get “special treatment” instead of protesting shitty behavior by a Federal agency.

    Another “individual” claimed that I wanted “special treatment” for Christians when the situation I was annoyed about involved Religious Freedom.

    Of course, “Liberals” are always wanting “special treatment” for their “so-called victim classes”. [Frown]

    1. yeah, but you have to forgive them. We’ve been quiet so long they didn’t even know we existed. Now they think we’re so special because we don’t want to play by their rules.

      1. Under their rules we have to shut up and take what they give us or we can shut up and do without the morsels they’re willing to give us. Just as George W. Bush was a scheming despot for doing stuff not one tenth as authoritarian as the current president.

        Theirs is a version of Calvinball in which only they get to make rules.

        (Those familiar with my penchant for Broadway Musicals (Awww, Mongo RES straight!) shall now give prayer of thanks that I am not putting up youtube videos from The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd, a 1965 show addressing exactly that issue in the British class system.)

        1. RES, You may find you could like GALAVANT on ABC Sunday nights–it’s a musical medieval comedy. I’m liking it immensely.

          1. My husband loves it, and I sort of hear it, if I’m working around the kitchen/family room at the time. And I HAVE YET TO FEEL LIKE PUTTING A SHOE THROUGH THE TV. The closest I came was the peasant couple talking about how terrible life is, which is not PRECISELY true but the popular impression of the middle ages. All in all decent, though.


              High praise, indeed.

              With such a stellar recommendation, I might have to check it out.

            2. We caught the pilot when it came out. The WTF OMG from the spousal unit hit record levels in the first 15 minutes. And this from a chap who likes Acient Aliens and Finding Bigfoot.

              Can anyone tell me whether or not this is all is not a giant SJW mock fest of every epic Romance out there? You know the kind, the ones that piss all over any idea of chivalry, male competance and/or heroism?

              Because I haven’t deleted the pilot yet.

              1. Sigh. Yes, and no. It gives hits to both sides, and it’s hard to tell if it’s mocking the romances OR the mockery of the romances. For TV these days that’s a win.

                1. I would recommend giving it a serious try. My wife and I watched the first season and loved it, and now are enjoying the second one. They do break the 4th wall (they refer to avoiding the cancellation bear in the new theme song) and the characters are engaging. You have incompetents and competents, and some odd groupings. The music is pretty good – although I don’t like how it is clearly filmed for a 30 minute slot, even though they show two shows back to back on Sunday. The song “off with his shirt” was great.


                  PS: In terms of left/right – I feel like they are taking a page from South Park and just firing in all directions.

                  PPS: This is about the only thing on TV that I watch other than Mythbusters and NFL.

                  1. OTOH last time they came up with one of those feminist myths that made me do a spit take. The idea that in Medieval Europe birth control was via abandonment.
                    It might not have struck you or anyone who didn’t read the articles that were so popular a few years ago (there was even a book) explaining how all the chroniclers and everyone just IGNORED the kids dying in every back alley because that was the only form of “birth control.”
                    It seems to have escaped these gits that we know exactly where those kids went. They were baptized and died of various things, so you were lucky to raise two out of ten. My jaw just dropped at seeing that alleged to by the young peasant couple.

                    1. Well, they clearly aren’t perfect – I did note that one in passing – and they had a “foreign war line” that I didn’t think was funny at all in Sunday’s one – but in general I find it enjoyable. I guess being a history interested person I assume I will be offended at bad history everywhere – but they got enough stuff funny that I could overlook it. 🙂


                  2. Although I’ve yet to catch an episode, the program description for Live to Tell on the History Channel seems likely to be of interest. A new “episode” in this series on which US Special Operations Forces members give their first person accounts of what they’ve witnessed appears every Sunday night at 10/9C, with multiple repeats afterward and available online at the link embedded above:

                    “Charlie Platoon & The Story of Marc Lee”
                    S.1, E.1
                    After arriving in Ramadi, Iraq, SEAL Team 3 is joined by conventional U.S. Forces on a mission to recover the war-torn city, but before long, tragedy strikes when Navy SEAL Marc Lee becomes the first SEAL to be killed in Iraq.

                    Sure, there are plenty of reasons to distrust the History Channel, but this seems a reason to give them a chance.

          2. I’d had interest in the premiere season but my sense of the commercials (and early reviews supported that) was that it would offer the kind of humour by which I am not amused. Wit seems in short supply in today’s market, “fart jokes” and mocking various politically incorrect segments of society has replaced mocking of variously disapproved ethnic groups. While I enjoy a fair bit of low comedy my taste for it is not unrestrained and I have found that contemporary comedians a) lack confidence in audiences’ ability to catch a joke that is unaccompanied by a leer and b) don’t know how to leer entertainingly.

            I likely will give it a sample but expectations are not high. Good musical comedy is a very challenging art form.

          1. I remember last year (or was it late 2014) when you argued that we need to give the GOP 10 more years of support to see if they can change. Some of argued against it.

            What I did not suspsect as recently as then that events were going to make that argument moot possibly as early as this year.

            1. Under the American system there seems little alternative to turning the GOP around. Trying to establish and build a new political movement outside the two major parties has largely proven a non-starter; such few instances where it has been effective are places which allow multiple line ballots, such as with NY’s Conservative Party, and even there it remains to be seen whether such organizations can outlive their founding members. In some states (California, I believe) we are seeing “first past the post” primaries which are intended to eliminate opposition parties entirely.

              The Democrat Party is already into the socialist rift; the GOP (thanks to Reagan and his cohort) still has one foot safely planted and the question is where will that other foot land? If the GOP pulls it back from its attempt to straddle then the party might be salvaged — ten years seems about the minimal estimate for a political transfusion to work its way into the body of the party, neutralizing the squishes while empowering the conservatives. Even then the contrary nature of a national party dedicated to flowing power back to localism may prove its undoing.

              We are seeing a few glimmers of reason to hope. Scott Walker’s achievements in Wisconsin, Texans’ continuing resistance to paying attention to its liberal elites, overall growth in the Republican presence in state governorships and legislatures. While this might be a false dawn the need is for the T.E.A. Party and Conservatives to keep our shoulders to the wheel lest, like Sisyphus, that boulder role back down.

              We are engaged in a generational struggle; when I was young the “Senior Vote” was seen as solidly Democrat, grown up on the New Deal … now that vote is reliably Republican, at least to an extent. Maintaining our liberty requires constant vigilance, not occasional spurts of activity, and it has yet to be demonstrated that American Conservatism is capable of such prolonged attention.

              This is less an endorsement of the GOP than an argument there is no practical alternative to it as the expression of our political goals. It may fail, it may turn around, it may sunder, but I see no credible option but this.

              And if that is not reason for depression …

              1. Lest we get too downhearted over the problems on the Right, let us note that the Left has its own issues, ones which the MSM largely underplays when it is not downright kicking sand over them.

                Today’s reminder:
                Sale of the New Republic
                Spells a Political Story
                Of Democrats’ Demise

                By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun | January 11, 2016

                News that the New Republic, the 101-year-old political and cultural magazine, is for sale is a press business story, but the more newsworthy aspect of it is the political story.

                The press business story is that small, standalone publications have a hard go of it, even when backed by deep-pocketed proprietors. As the magazine’s owner, Chris Hughes, a Facebook co-founder who says he has sunk more than $20 million into the magazine over four years, put it, “I underestimated the difficulty of transitioning an old and traditional institution into a digital media company.”

                Mr. Hughes is the latest in a series of intelligent and well intentioned owners who have had a go at putting the publication on sustainable footing. I know and have high regard for quite a few of his predecessors.

                But the bigger issue isn’t a collapse of circulation or advertising revenue or the publishing industry’s digital transformation. Underlying the New Republic’s difficulties is a broader and far more troubling collapse of the ideology — call it Cold War liberalism, or the center-right wing of the Democratic Party — that once animated the magazine.

                Leftist gatekeepers are losing their power at an accelerated rate, as Trump’s success and the rise in truly independent news and narrative outlets grow. Much of what power the old institutions retain is more a matter of reflex (the NY Times matters only because people are accustomed to it mattering) inertia than any legitimate claim to authority.

                Victory was ne’er for the faint-hearted, our foes are not giants and there will never be on this Earth a utopia but that we work constantly to maintain it.

              2. I think you misunderstood my point.

                When I say “events were going to make that argument moot possibly as early as this year.” I am worrying about this battle moving to “expression of politics by other means”.

                That does not, necessarily, mean fighting breaking out this year but the crossing of the Rubicon moment where everyone knows that is how it will be resolved in the end (for example, my grandfather, stationed at Pearl, send my mother and grandmother home in late 1940 because everyone knew the war was coming).

                1. No, I understood and agreed with your point; my comment was addressing the earlier point about giving the GOP ten years. In the event of war all bets are off and all players are free agents, able to coalesce as they desire.

                  I think most of us thought that balloon had gone up fourteen years ago and misapprehended the institutional inertia that fought an angry populace back into line. I doubt any of us think the Powers That Be would succeed again in the face of another major attack. In that event it will be a question of who can best direct the anger of Americans and whether it will be directed more at those who attacked us or those whose failures left us vulnerable to such attack.

                  In Europe very little reading between the lines is required to see the throne is toppling, but whether the Bureauelites*, the Nationalist movements or the Islamic invaders will prevail (and where the balances will be struck) remains up in the air.

                  *Bureauelites – Bureaucratic European Elites who think the continent is theirs to manage, from Brussels outward. They’re pumping the continent with gas; when and where the igniting spark strikes remains indeterminate.

                  1. I was informed by the one of my sons who is acceptable to the services (the other having physical issues which bar it) that if a mushroom cloud rises over an American city I’ll be the second person to know where he is. The first will be the recruiter at the nearest recruiting station. And the other says he will be arguing with a recruiter also, because he has training that will make him valuable, even if minor impediments bar him from combat.
                    The fact both gave me this warning last week saying it might be needed, clicked in with the fact I’m checking the news every five minutes, like I was 15 years ago.
                    We are tottering on the edge of something and I don’t think it is that “precipice of achievement” (though what a description for his administration) the President spoke of when inaugurated.

                    1. A suggestion: if they won’t take scion #2, scion #1 should not enlist, either. This will be a major cultural war, the kind not won on battlefields (we won Vietnam on the battlefields — but lost it overall) and if those in charge of running it are not serious enough to accept those willing to fight and find uses for them, they aren’t serious enough about the war to put the combat available on the line, either.

                      Enlist under Grant, never under McClellan.

                    2. The problem seems to be most McCellans look like people expect Grants to look.

                      Personally, if we’re going to do this I want to do it now while the oldest of the neicephews 5 so we can be done with it before they are old enough to serve. If I have to go back and fight as an old man that’s fine but I want them to have the peace I had in my youth.

                    3. I know the feeling. Just got mine back on Friday from MCRD (and he goes out again for the rest of his training a week from tomorrow).

                      I try to restrict the news check to my daily scans, and keep my mouth shut – no good can come of worrying the son while he has this short leave, or the ladies of the family. Something like “Dum vivamus, vivamus” applies.

                    4. I hate to agree with RES but they’ve been purging the senior officer corps since they got my dad.

                      Once you get to flag rank, its political. And these are the folks who made it through Clinton & Obama.

                      Consider: if Congress doesn’t positively affirm you remaining in the service at that rank, you’re out.

                    5. And had undeniable gifts for logistics and training. He just couldn’t muster the will to actually fight knowing that the troops he respected so much would die.

                    6. Snelson-

                      I don’t buy that reading of McClellan – he didn’t want to be known as the man who had soldiers killed under him because it would hurt his political future – and you can see that in what he did after they removed him. For me he lost his “honest but timid” label based on his political stand after being removed.


              3. As far as taking over the GOP if Trump gets the nod I suspect the negative image version of what I was advocating will occur. Instead of conservative voters and GOP office holders leaving to form a third party it will be the establishment of the party. Bill Kristol has openly advocated a “real Republican” run as a third party candidate.

                Having made Trump sign the loyalty pledge to the GOP I think such a move would be suicide by any elected Republican engaged in it. I’m not even a Trump supporter and would pretty much demand any party official involved in such a run be removed from the party even if Trump lost. It would be the perfect encapsulation of what I watched the party higher ups do all the years I worked for the party and longer if Jeff Greenfield’s “The People’s Choice” is any indication (it is an fun and short read if you’re into politics about a strange scenario where the President elect dies BEFORE the Electoral College votes).

      2. From one of Ringo’s novels:
        “even then, understand and forgive them if you can. But that doesn’t mean you have to let them live, mind you.”

    2. Remember: “lack of privilege” is not getting your own way always and for everything; “privilege” is getting your own way some of the time.

  2. Dates in your Couch timeline does not look quite right (months are missing).
    As another North Texas resident, I too have been disgusted with this clown show. I REALLY wish someone in Tarrant County would ask/beg/bribe the Mexican authorities to prosecute this little monster on the weapons charges. Spending up to 5 yrs in a Mexican prison might provide the long-delayed attitude adjustment he needs.

  3. In comparing traditional Southern culture to the Romans, Mel Bradford wrote, “A good Roman of the old school had personal pride and a considerable sense of honor. His was a shame culture, dominated by intense and personally felt loyalties to family, clan, and individual. Commitment to Rome had its roots in, and was not separable from, these attachments. The Roman was not an individual as we understand the term.”

    In our Brave New World, however, we’re assured that bonds to others are nothing but chains that oppress the sovereign individual. The behavior of the Affluenza Kid’s will increasingly become the norm.

  4. Is there some way we can let them stay in Mexico, but somehow freeze their bank accounts and wire transfers so no U.S. dollars would be coming their way? I can’t help thinking that a few years of living poor in Mexico might cure poor little Ethan of his Affluenza.

    1. Perhaps a temporary (but to them of unknown duration) return to a “state of nature” might engender some appreciation for… damn near everything. Alright, not *quite* state of nature. But…
      “I’m thirsty.” “There’s the pump.”
      “I’m cold.” “There’s the stove, and there’s the wood for it.”
      “I want $ADVANCED_THING.” “Too bad. Well, I suppose you could make one… everything is either grown or mined. Better get started, those things take some time.”

      1. “There is no one so rich as a wealthy Mexican, because nowhere else does so little go so far.”

        Applicable to any nation with a bad Gini coefficient, of course.

    2. The mother is already back here, in a Texas calaboose run by a tremendously unimpressed sheriff.

      1. I have noticed that sheriffs are generally unable to afford the illusions of more highly-advanced politicians.

        I would speculate as to why that might be, but I bit my tongue earlier today and am loathe to poke it so far in cheek again so soon.

  5. One ‘kid’ (older than ‘kid’ and should know better – but mainly knows how to game things, but doesn’t realize how terribly obvious he is at it) decided that as he got to an annoying – yet readily deferable – part of the job that that was an ideal time to take a break, expecting to offload the thing he didn’t like onto others. Ox can be stubborn. Bull-headed even. And worse for this joker, someone left the ancient bovine with some sort of authority. “Alright everyone – skip that section, he’ll finish it when he gets back from break.” “You can’t do that!” was his protest. The reply was simple and calm, “I just did.”
    Alas, being clue-resistant, the lesson didn’t seem to sink in. At least for this joker. Now, the rest of the crew can learn by example – or at least had some appreciation of the situation.

    1. The only professor I ever had that handled group projects well assigned one where there were 5 sections, and we had to produce a slide showing the results by section. When 3 of the 5 members of my team didn’t turn in their results, she allowed us to place as their slide one with 48 point font red letters “This is where the results of X section would have been shown if So and So had completed the assignment.”

      The embarrassed ones were most indignant.

      1. I liked how they handled the group work at field camp. You never had the same group twice and it was set up to emulate actual field work. They acknowledged up front that there would always people who did more or less than their share… that’s why they rotated people through the groups. You weren’t stuck with the same bad team and didn’t get to ride easy if you got a universally good team. The whole thing was set up so we had to turn in a geological map and write up for each of the sites we went to.

  6. Silly Amanda – This is Obama’s America, this is the 21st Century! If ever Tonya Couch could count on her upper class privilege for special treatment, surely this must be that era?

  7. The way I understand bail to work you put up 10% of the total and a bondsman stands good for the remainder. Should you jump bail the bondsman almost literally owns your sorry behind and will send very large and unforgiving employees out to collect you from wherever you run to and hide. Seem to recall a TV show or two on this very subject.
    Perhaps the best possible outcome would be for this sorry sack of privilege to experience the process of a bounty hunter up close and personal.

    1. Is the bail bond price locked by law? Can a bail bondsman refuse to sell you a bond?

      Certainly in this case I wouldn’t want to own her bond.

      1. Absolutely a bail bondsman can refuse to cover a bond. Think of him as an actuary, evaluating risks. He doesn’t want to cover someone who’s likely to run. The bond is a financial stake to get you to trial. It’s forfeited if you don’t show up. If you put the whole thing up yourself, no bail bondsman sends someone hunting for you, because they don’t have a stake. That 10% you put up? That’s the bondsman’s charge for lending you the rest of the bond. It’s best for his profit margin if everyone shows up for trial on time.

        Don’t know if bounty hunters get the bond money you put up if you skedaddle and they bring you back. I think they do. But they’d be freelancers.

        1. Bounty hunters (at least here) generally get a percentage of the bond, and are usually contractors. It doesn’t pay very well, especially since you have licensure to pay for and all your own gear and expenses. All the more reason that the target gets rather short shrift: they’re not getting paid enough to put up with your crap. It does produce some pretty cool stories; my security instructor had some awesome tales of his bounty hunting days. My favorite had to be when he got the contract for his sister’s abusive ex… *evil grin*

  8. I wouldn’t despair over humanity or the youth of today. Remember that the media is a midway and it likes its freaks. People who respect others and pay their bills on time don’t make the news. Don’t let the ballyhoo convince you that everybody’s a dog faced boy or Koo Koo the bird girl.

  9. The judge in the first case was obviously and blatantly bribed. I saw it happen here in California when an affluent person on drugs killed a kid I knew during an episode of road rage (kid wasn’t even in the roadway, either). Judge just kept postponing the trail until the outrage had died down, then let the killer off with minimal punishment.
    As this lady doesn’t sound like she’s as rich anymore, she probably can’t afford the bribe, so will probably end up paying this time around.

    1. So, you’re thinking:

      Kid: “I’m so affluent I don’t know right from wrong.”
      Judge: “I’d buy that if you were 10% less affluent.”

    2. Is there any evidence that District Court Judge Jean Boyd was bribed?
      Has she been investigated

      1. To be honest I’d probably think better of her if there was…bribery for letting that defense lead to that sentence would both make sense and make her look like a non-moron.

  10. Well said. As a Texas resident I’m appalled at the affluenza defense. I’m glad they are both in custody and hope they rot there. At first I was annoyed that an opportunistic lawyer had managed to insert himself in this situation. Then I realized that instead of a Texas jail, he would be spending time in a Mexican jail…

    While he might get cushy treatment there, the thought that he might not is immensely satisfying.

  11. Speaking of not being held accountable, the following headline just taken from Drudge about Monica Lewinsky’s ex-boyfriend’s wife: “53% of Dems say candidate should stay in race EVEN IF INDICTED… ”

    Apparently a majority of Democrats think rules should apply only to little people, not the rich. A little cognitive dissonance going on there.

    1. For the sake of argument, as the question used “indicted” not “convicted” we could allow that they could be giving their gal the benefit of the doubt and applying “innocent until proven guilty.”

      1. A) they have to say that, whether it is true or not, because saying anything else would destroy her candidacy even more than an indictment.

        B) we can be reasonably confident that if (say) Cruz were under suspicion of employing his Senate email for personal use they would demand he step down. We know that they argued the highly political indictment of Gov. Rick Perry was cause for him to drop out of the race.

        C) we can surmise that their indifference to the possibility of a Hillary indictment is 1) because they see this as trivial rule compliance and unimportant 2) recognition of the reality that if Hillary doesn’t run, they’ve got nothing and will end up with a nominee who would compare unfavorably to the Mondale and McGovern candidacies (e.g., a worse candidate than an indicted traitor) and 3) awareness that “their” guys frequently use the criminal process to gain an election advantage.

        D) we don’t want to sink to their level and apply their standards, as that would do nearly as much harm to the cause of small, responsible government as their winning an election.

        E) while they may claim she should remain in the race it is unlikely their turnout would not be badly impaired all the way down the line, even to the races for dogcatcher.

        1. Shoot. I’d forgotten about Gov. Perry.

          BTW, there are, as I recall, 27 candidates on my state’s ballot for president.

        2. Rumor has it that Valerie J. Is grooming Elizabeth Warren to step in and run in Hillary’s place if the fit hits the shan and the Justice Department actually decides to do something.

    2. Some of you may remember Mayor Filner, of San Diego. For those of you who don’t, he was a Democratic mayor of San Diego, and he was busted for some very blatant sexual stuff (the really bad part is that someone elsewhere claimed it was an open secret he’d been doing the exact same stuff while he was in Congress, but no one ever went public so it was quietly ignored). Sexual harassment, and I think sexual assault as well.

      iirc, a survey of the Democratic party leadership in California revealed that 50% of the leadership thought he should remain in office. You see, despite the public outrage about Filner’s actions, San Diego is still a conservative enough city that having a Democratic mayor is unusual…

      1. One component of the Dems’ tolerance for such criminality by their representatives might be their cause and its party will suffer scant harm as news reports on such arrests will generally not acknowledge the indicted criminals’ party affiliation, even when the seat is as secure as California state senator’s Leland Yee,

  12. This was predictable as far back as the famous “twinkie defense” case. But perhaps we should take the final step: today, there are people who claim that they have a right to your respect and approval. Often they advance that claim on the basis of some characteristic or preference that might have been deemed felonious in living memory.

    Howzat grabya?

    1. Several years ago I saw an article on ‘How to Manage Geeks’ or something similar, which to me seemed like it was more about managing any group that actually wanted to get the job done (that is, not afflicted with shirkers and such) and while it made several excellent points, one truly stood out: Respect is NEVER automatic. Position or title can gain ‘professional courtesy’ but respect is always earned. Unsaid was that those who demand respect merely prove that they are undeserving of it.

  13. According a the Dallas Morning News, the judge has just lowered the bail to $75k. Terms include immediately reporting to Probation, weekly reporting, staying in Tarrant County. Cannot consume/imbibe illegal substances, purchase or possess firearms and pay the monthly probation fee. She will be hooked up to the GPS monitor, can’t drink and can’t change her address without prior approval. She also is to avoid places with “poor characters” and the probation officer is to be allowed to visit her at home. You can follow what happened during the bond hearing at https://twitter.com/ttsiaperas

      1. Oh, I think she will hang loose until she makes sure sonny boy is out of the Mexican jail and not on his way back to Texas. I loved the “she didn’t fight leaving Mexico” argument. She didn’t but only because the paperwork protesting her removal was delayed and she was on the plane to Cali before it got there. Besides, I have a feeling there are going to be any number of folks “helping” keep an eye on her between now and the time the Grand Jury meets to decide if she should be indicted or not.

    1. My impression over the last couple decades has been that the Tarrant County legal system is more concerned with prosecuting people for the crime of being a (semi-)effective Republican leader than anything as mundane as killing people, much less drunken-driving.

      I think they’re competing with Travis County for that crown. Presumably the Democrats are of the opinion that if laws against driving while drunk are enforce their party will have nobody to represent them.

      1. Not so much Tarrant County as Dallas. The biggest problem with Tarrant County right now is the DA’s Office is still trying to find its stride after years and years of being under the leadership of Tim Curry. It is the same issue Dallas had to contend with after Henry Wade stepped down after so long in office.

  14. I hope that the Dallas PD keeps her under surveillance, both visually and electronically, she can ditch the GPS monitor.

    Sounds like a job for Mac.

    1. The Tarrant County Sheriff is so pissed about how the case has been handled from the beginning, I have a feeling he will make sure eyes are on her. Then there are all the other agencies that have been involved in the case. I have no doubt the eyes will be there.

  15. > do what I want

    That’s *exactly* how I’ve been describing that mindset.

    A friend of mine calls them “pod people.”

    1. Except pod people all think and act the same and don’t tend to put one pod ahead of the other (thinking of Invasion of the Body Snatchers).

  16. The title of this post reminds me of this song:

    “Because you’re so special/Just like everybody else . . . “

  17. I told you that ‘juvenile delinquent’ is a contradiction in terms. ‘Delinquent’ means ‘failing in duty.’ But duty is an adult virtue—indeed a juvenile becomes an adult when, and only when, he acquires a knowledge of duty and embraces it as dearer than the self-love he was born with. There never was, there cannot be a ‘juvenile delinquent.’ But for every juvenile criminal there are always one or more adult delinquents—people of mature years who either do not know their duty, or who, knowing it, fail.

    Is there any aspect of life to which Starship Troopers does NOT apply?

  18. Affluenza has a cure. Sharp medicine cures all ills. Are the Mexicans denying him essential healthcare? Are the Texans denying her?

  19. Am I the only one who thinks that Ethan Couch is one very scroungy specimen of humanity? I mean, usually when I think of a spoiled rich kid who thinks the rules don’t apply to him, I think of someone a lot better looking, who knows he can flash a handsome grin and get a lot of sins passed over. This kid looks like trailer trash, and pretty bad trailer trash at that.

  20. You know, I wouldn’t mind the Affluenza defense so much if the court then turned to the parents and said, “Very well, since it’s your fault that the kid is so screwed up that he didn’t know this was wrong, *you* will be serving his sentence instead.”

    1. Didn’t that actually used to be the law in some states??

      As to “her attorney has assured everyone that Tonya would abide by any restriction the court would put on her” … since the attorney has vouched for her, I suggest that the attorney serve her penalty, should she vamoose…

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