Quantcast
Connect with us

Anderson Cooper hammers psychologist who diagnosed lethal drunk driver with ‘affluenza’

Published

on

CNN host Anderson Cooper grilled the psychologist who testified in court that the 16-year-old Texas drunk driver who killed four people suffered from “affluenza” and could not be held responsible for his actions.

Cooper pointed out to guest G. Dick Miller that District Judge Jean Boyd sentenced a 14-year-old poor Black teen to a 10-year-sentence within the state’s juvenile justice system, while Miller’s client, 16-year-old Ethan Couch — an affluent white teen — was given an extended probation in what Cooper described as resort-like conditions.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Why is that okay for a 14-year-old poor kid, but for a 16-year-old well-off kid, they get to go have equine therapy,” Cooper asked Miller. “Does that seems fair?”

“There actually are Black people who have money, Anderson,” Miller responded. “I don’t know why you continue to make this a racial thing. I treat all races.”

Prosecutors argued for Couch to receive the maximum 20-year sentence for his actions on June 15, when he killed Hollie and Shelby Boyles, Breanna Mitchell and Brian Jennings. According to CNN, Couch reportedly told a passenger in his old car, “I’m Ethan Couch, I’ll get you out of this.”

The Boyles and Jennings were helping Mitchell, whose vehicle had broken down, when Couch crashed into them. His blood-alcohol level was later measured at 0.24, more than three times the legal limit for adults. CNN reported that the family of another victim, Sergio Molina, are filing a separate suit against Couch’s family. Molina was left paralyzed after the crash.

ADVERTISEMENT

Miller testified that Couch’s parents used him as a tool for power grabs within their relationship while they were together, causing the teen to practically raise himself and use money to settle disputes instead of apologizing.

But CNN and Think Progress reported on Thursday that Boyd has handed out harsher sentences for Black teenagers, including the 14-year-old, who admitted to punching a man, resulting in his death after the man’s head hit concrete.

“I trust that judge and I don’t know what the conditions were,” Miller told Cooper on Thursday.

ADVERTISEMENT

“So you don’t believe that this is a prime example that there’s a separate system of justice if you have money?” Cooper asked.

“I don’t agree with you on that, of course,” Miller answered. “I do believe that — just like you and I talked yesterday — if you have a lot of money, you get people with more skills. You get a better singer. We have you tonight; I’m sure that you make more than the local guy here. That’s just the way the world works. And there’s some good things about that, some not-so-good things.”

Watch the interview, as aired on CNN on Thursday, below.

ADVERTISEMENT


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Facebook

White House pulls new FEMA nominee for barroom brawl — but not for his boss’ bribery

Published

on

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow began her Wednesday show detailing that Jeff Byard, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead FEMA, has withdrawn his name from nomination because of an "altercation" previously reported.

Already Trump's FEMA is having problems because of the lead FEMA officials being named in serious bribery scandals. Byard's boss, in particular, is under a 10-count indictment. To make matters worse, a former deputy is also under indictment, but for a completely different case involving a 2013 Navy scandal.

"Any mystery around that part of the guy’s past would have been cleared up this past year in August when he was indicted by a federal grand jury for his alleged involvement in that Navy bribery scheme," Maddow reported. "He was arrested thereafter."

Continue Reading

CNN

Congressman blasts Trump administration’s ‘lawless’ move to quash whistleblower: ‘He does not have the authority’

Published

on

On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) previewed what he expects to learn about the developing Director of National Intelligence whistleblower scandal at the hearing with the inspector general on Thursday.

"In tomorrow's hearing with the intelligence community's inspector general, who forwarded this report, saying it was an urgent concern, what exactly is the inspector general going to be able to talk about?" asked Cooper. "I know it's behind closed doors, but is he going to be able to tell you what is actually in the complaint or who is instructing him or who's instructing the DNI not to hand it over to your committee, if that's what's happening?"

Continue Reading
 

CNN

White House is preparing for a ‘big fight’ with Congress over whistleblower scandal: CNN reporter

Published

on

On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," reporter Evan Perez said that the White House is gearing up for a showdown with the House Intelligence Committee over a whistleblower complaint of "urgent concern" for national security that President Donald Trump's officials appear to be covering up.

"Evan, this has been developing through the day. [Intelligence] Chairman [Adam] Schiff was very quiet, and now suddenly there's going to be this briefing, and what's really going to happen at the briefing tomorrow?" asked anchor Erin Burnett.

Continue Reading
 
 
Help Raw Story Uncover Injustice. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image