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Lone Star Justice

Texas-style justice usually means execution. Considering the number of convicted criminals who go from death row to death, capital punishment has become a major attraction in the Lone Star State.

But wait ... there seems to be a spirit of courtroom compassion afoot, at least in Fort Worth. Ethan Couch, a 16-year-old from a privileged Texas family was recently convicted of killing four pedestrians while driving in a state of extreme impairment.

He admitted his guilt to the charge of intoxicated manslaughter and then it was up to the judge, Jean Boyd. Prosecutors asked for a 20-year prison sentence, but instead, Couch got 10 years ... of probation.

How is that remotely possible? Well, it seems the judge was convinced that this was a case of what a psychologist testified was "affluenza," a condition, they claimed, of the children of richer families feeling a since of entitlement and irresponsibility.

A wealthy drunken kid kills four people and gets probation! Hey Texas, you've given us all something to remember besides the Alamo.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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