Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Justice Gravely Ill in Texas, May Not Ever Recover – Poor Hispanic Gets 8 Years in Jail for Illegal Voting; Young Rich Teen Got Probation for Killing 4 People

Life Goes On in Texas’s ‘Alternative Facts’ America

One of the most controversial criminal cases in recent years occurred when a drunk 16 year old got probation, no jail time, just probation for getting all liquored up and driving drunk and killing four. 

“To the families of the victims, Ethan Couch was a killer on the road, a drunken teenage driver who caused a crash that left four people dead.

To the defense, the youth is himself a victim -- of "affluenza," according to one psychologist -- the product of wealthy, privileged parents who never set limits for the boy.

To a judge, who sentenced Couch to 10 years' probation but no jail time, he's a defendant in need of treatment.

The decision disappointed prosecutors and stunned victims' family members, who say they feel that Couch got off too easy. Prosecutors had asked for the maximum of 20 years behind bars.”

And now we have Texas dealing with another hardened criminal, an Hispanic woman who was confused about her ability to vote and so voted illegally.

“A permanent U.S. resident living in Texas has been sentenced to eight years in prison for illegally voting, a punishment that will probably result in the woman’s deportation after she completes her sentence.

On Wednesday, a Tarrant County, Tex., jury convicted 37-year-old Rosa Maria Ortega on two felony charges of illegal voting, for casting a ballot as a non-citizen in 2012 and 2014. Ortega is a green-card holder who was brought to the United States from Mexico when she was an infant, her attorney said.”

The Texas AG was ecstatic about the sentence.  Of course, that section of the Constitution that forbids ‘Cruel and Unusual Punishment’ for him applies only to wealthy white folks.  In his mind it was never meant to prevent a low income Hispanic for going to jail for eight years for confusion in voting which she herself confessed to and did not change a damn thing in the election.

Interestingly the AG himself has been charged with violating the law.  Anybody want to know the odds on his ever going to jail, well start with 100,000 to 1 and go up from there.

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