Geraldo Rivera: If Wealth Can Insulate You From Responsibility For A Crime, Why Not Poverty?
Geraldo Rivera joins Fox News to criticize a Texas judge for using “affluenza” as the reason for not punishing a rich teen in a DUI case that killed four people. Rivera said thought that the judge’s logic for the decision was preposterous. He asked, “If wealth can insulate you from responsibility for a crime, why not poverty?”
16-year-old Ethan Couch was drunk when he was involved in a car crash that left four people dead. A psychologist used “affluenza” as a defense, suggesting that Couch was himself a victim. He said Couch was the product of wealthy and privileged parents who never punish him for anything.
Prosecutors had asked for a 20-year sentence for Couch but the judge only sentenced him to 10 years of probation. Family members of the victims are stunned and disappointed by the decision.
Rivera said poor people don’t get a pass when they commit a crime, so why should the rich get one. He cited a case where a guy went to jail for 14 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister’s son who was starving.
“This young man should have gone to jail for vehicular manslaughter. There are four dead people. It would have been from two to twenty years. I’ll let the judge decide that,” said Rivera.