Family of Texas ‘Affluenza’ Teen to Pay Only Fraction of Rehab Fee

April 14, 2014

  • April 14, 2014 at 12:08 pm
    Libby says:
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    Just another slap in the face to the Average Joe who would have been behind bars doing 10 to 20 for this crime. This is disgusting.

    Way to go Texas!

    • April 17, 2014 at 12:45 pm
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      I think this is another thing we can agree on Libby. Besides the Texas bashing (unless it’s about the Cowboys) as you see the same thing in pretty much any state.

  • April 14, 2014 at 1:19 pm
    WTF America says:
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    Yay, I get to pay for his “treatment” via my taxes. I go to work every day at 8am like most of America, make a living wage and I’m grateful for it. This douchebag kid kills people and I get to pay for him to get “Rehabbed” too.

  • April 14, 2014 at 1:29 pm
    Vickie says:
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    The other side is that the parents are only paying a fraction of the cost. I know someone who ended up in a similar center for a much less serious offense and the parents were stuck with around $4,000 per month. The family wasn’t affluent – just average middle class.

  • April 14, 2014 at 1:38 pm
    Libby says:
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    His whole defense was he came from an affluent family. How in the hell do they qualify for a sliding scale? It’s just wrong.

    • April 14, 2014 at 5:31 pm
      Don't Call Me Shirley says:
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      They can’t afford it because they haven’t gotten enough in tax breaks.

      Too rich to be guilty, too poor to pay.

      • April 17, 2014 at 5:43 pm
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        Like the poor don’t get a ridiculous amount of tax breaks/benefits/welfare. Puhleeaassse.

        • April 18, 2014 at 2:11 pm
          Don't Call Me Shirley says:
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          Would you like to trade places with the poor? Then you could get all those breaks that they get.

          And I still haven’t gotten any takers on my offer to help ease the tax burden on wealthy individuals, who make more than $1M per year. It works like this: You can have my income and pay my lower tax rate, and I get your income and will pay your higher tax rate. Everybody wins.

  • April 14, 2014 at 1:45 pm
    insurance is fun! says:
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    Dear Texas,

    I beg of you….please just secede. Take your afluenza, your death row killing records, your $60 million high school football stadiums, your governor, and your ex-president and just be done with us.

    Please.

    • April 14, 2014 at 2:32 pm
      Libby says:
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      Your fertilizer plants, your leaky oil rigs, your mechanical bulls, your rifle racks, your steer horns strapped to the hood of your car, your bible thumpers and your rednecks, just to name a few more.

      • April 17, 2014 at 10:55 am
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        Libby, come on why would you take a shot at West? That whole town got destroyed. The oil rigs need to be fixed, the bulls I honestly do not understand the appeal, haven’t seen many gun racks in DFW nor have I seen the horns. Like I’ve said before, the crazies make TV and make us all look bad. Drop by Dallas- Fort Worth, or Houston if you can stand the humidity, you’ll see the average Texan.

        • April 17, 2014 at 4:54 pm
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          When I was in Galvastein TX, I saw gun racks with their own little gun racks.. Bet the crime rate is low there.

          • April 17, 2014 at 5:46 pm
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            Yo, I heard you like gun racks so we put a gun rack on your gun rack so you can lock and load while you lock and load!

            (P.S. I’m a huge supporter of guns, my intent was purely comedic.)

          • April 17, 2014 at 6:44 pm
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            Mine too… I think I heard it form Larry the Cable Guy.

        • April 21, 2014 at 11:15 am
          Texan Agent says:
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          FFA I think that was Family Guy making fun of Jeff Foxworthy.

          “You know you’re a redneck when you’ve got a gun rack on your gun rack”

          “YOU SSSSSSSSSSSSSUCK”

          • April 21, 2014 at 4:09 pm
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            Could be…. Foxworthy toured with Larry.

        • April 21, 2014 at 11:17 am
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          I’m not taking a shot at West. I’m taking a shot at Texas and their “no regulation” regulations. If someone had been doing what they were supposed to be doing, enforcing regulations that should have been in force, the town would still be in tact.

          And I have been to Dallas/Ft. Worth and to San Antonio, several times. Good barbeque and Shiner Boch, but you’re right about the humidity.

    • April 14, 2014 at 2:38 pm
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      Don’t think for a moment, if succession was possible, Texas would have done it by now! And if we did what would the other 49 states due for oil, gas, fertilizer, beef, chicken and millions of dollars of Texas tax dollars that you enjoy spending. Remember, Texas economy if computed by itself has been reported to be the 7th largest in the world if we did succeed.

      • April 14, 2014 at 3:19 pm
        Libby says:
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        We’ll muddle through.

        • April 17, 2014 at 8:37 pm
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          HA! There it is, the slogan of liberals, “We’ll muddle through.” What a great way to live your life…

          • April 21, 2014 at 11:19 am
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            The “slogan of liberals?” What are you talking about? I meant we’ll muddle through without Texas sarcastically. I really meant to say, we won’t miss you a bit. Is that better? Are you from Texas, by chance?

      • April 14, 2014 at 5:32 pm
        Don't Call Me Shirley says:
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        Well, if Texas does succeed in seceding, they won’t be the most literate country.

        • April 15, 2014 at 10:09 am
          Libby says:
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          We’ll probably end up sending them foreign aid for education!

          • April 15, 2014 at 1:39 pm
            insurance is fun! says:
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            …and the school districts will take that aid and upgrade their football facilities.

      • April 18, 2014 at 3:23 pm
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        Lol, I think you are thinking of CA as the 7th largest economy, TX has a ways to go on that. Additionally, we have tons of oil left, we just won’t let everyone destroy our state for the priveledge of getting it. When the middle-east and TX has no more oil we will then drill, and sell it back to you at 10 times what you charges us ;~} Many people remember Enron, and you know what payback is. Please succeed, protect your own borders.

        • April 21, 2014 at 11:20 am
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          They won’t exactly need border control. Unless it’s to keep people in! LOL!!!

    • April 17, 2014 at 10:53 am
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      To be fair there friend, plenty of us leave Texas because of the schools and the overall disrepair of the state. I went to college here and it is a great place to start, but you better believe when I have children, they will not be in a Texas school.

      As for death row, yeah we need to cut that out, Rick Perry sucks, George W Bush meant well but was not a good president and that stadium is ridiculous. There are a lot of Texans like me, you just see the crazies on TV.

      • April 17, 2014 at 1:18 pm
        KY jw says:
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        Texan Agent says: “you just see the crazies on TV.”

        …and on IJ. ;)

      • April 17, 2014 at 1:40 pm
        insurance is fun! says:
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        Texas Agent, I am glad to hear from a Texan that you’re not all wackos.

        But, there are obviously more of them than you because the W’s and the Perry’s keep getting elected, the electric chair keeps firing up, and you keep spending millions more on high school football than educating.

        • April 21, 2014 at 11:21 am
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          Yep! What he said.

  • April 14, 2014 at 2:23 pm
    Celtica says:
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    Providing food stamps to the poort – bad for the U.S.
    Providing rehab fees for rich white goods – good for the U.S.

    Go figure…

    • April 14, 2014 at 3:07 pm
      Celtica says:
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      Make that:

      Providing food stamps to the poor – bad for the U.S.
      Providing rehab fees for rich white kids – good for the U.S.

      • April 17, 2014 at 2:35 pm
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        And there is the race card. I didnt see any where in the article that he is white or black or red or yellow or a christian or a jew or a muslium, a commi, russian ect…

        • April 17, 2014 at 8:58 pm
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          It’s the only game they know how to play.

        • April 18, 2014 at 2:27 pm
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          C’mon really? You now if he was black in TX, he would be on death row, and they would depart him if he was latino and couldn’t prove his family was in Mexico when Texas WAS Mexico. I am white and know this about TX, will never go there, or any state where you can legally be inbred.

          • April 21, 2014 at 4:12 pm
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            Yes Thomas, really. I dont like jumping to conclusions. Learned my lesson on that in my Teen Age Years. Long time ago. Back when phones had dials and needed wires. How did we ever survive??

      • April 18, 2014 at 2:19 pm
        Don't Call Me Shirley says:
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        Rich people of any race get preferential treatment. (e.g. Mike Tyson)

  • April 15, 2014 at 2:07 pm
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    • April 15, 2014 at 2:16 pm
      Libby says:
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      Everything’s affordable for these folks. Especially since they don’t have to pay for anything.

    • April 15, 2014 at 2:30 pm
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      FFA: heee-yuck!!

      So clever.

      • April 17, 2014 at 4:40 pm
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        Not so clever. That word is not in the dictionary.

  • April 17, 2014 at 10:30 am
    SusieQinthemidwest. says:
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    I would say I was appalled, but that would mean I would have to be shocked that the rich were catered too, again. What has this child learned? Nothing. My word. He was drunk driving for Pete sake! But I forget that if you have money, you can do whatever you want with just a little “tsk tsk”

  • April 17, 2014 at 10:57 am
    Texan Agent says:
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    I wouldn’t be blaming Texas too much. This trend of rich white people walking is BS. We are not all equal under the eyes of the law and this is becoming apparent. I am disgusted with my county (Tarrant) for permitting this. He can do whatever he wants because his parents are so rich but his parents only foot 5% of the bill because it is otherwise too expensive? What kind of crap is that? Throw the book at the young man, he will be better for it.

    • April 17, 2014 at 1:21 pm
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      I agree. Parents attempting to protect their children do those children no favors with this type of shielding. How can you expect this young man to become a responsible adult if he never learns he is irresponsible?

      • April 17, 2014 at 2:37 pm
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        I agree 100%. when my kid crossed the line, he did his time. I did not pay for a lawyer. I did not bail him out. He sat for 10 months in the pen thinking about ways to avoid this again. So far, its the right formula.

        • April 18, 2014 at 7:39 am
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          Something else we have in common, FFA. I refuse to bail my kids out of their messes. I think my middle child has finally learned his lesson, as well.

          My other two seem to stay out of trouble. Thank heavens!

          • April 18, 2014 at 10:26 am
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            There are just some people – for what ever reason – that need to learn life lessons the hard way.All three of mine have got themselves in some sort of trouble. Two have no legal history. None the less trouble is trouble. Mine learn the hard way. Seems my one with legal issues has learned. Come October, he will have his two years on probation done with. Crossing my fingers his issues are behind him.

          • April 18, 2014 at 2:17 pm
            Don't Call Me Shirley says:
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            I agree with both of you 100%.

    • April 22, 2014 at 12:54 pm
      SusieQinthemidwest says:
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      I was never bailed out, nor do I with children. You are correct, it will make you a stronger person, and teach you right from wrong so that you are a total waste to society.



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