You will not believe what this judge did.

Judge Jean Boyd is a Republican judge who has presided over the Texas 323rd Family District Court since 1995. She is now at the center of world-wide attention because she sentenced 16-year-old named Ethan Couch to probation and entry into a private, exclusive $450,000  Southern California coastal rehab program after Couch – while over 3 times the legal limit of alcohol intoxication from drinking stolen beer and under the influence of Valium – drove an automobile and caused the deaths of four people and injured 10 others.   Couch’s defense was that he was suffering from “affluenza” – a disease that is suffered by rich people who behave irresponsibly because they believe that their position of wealth and privilege will exempt them from the consequences of their bad acts. In this frankly fictitious interview, Judge Boyd explains her reasoning.

PEOPLE OF EARTH:  Judge Boyd, thank you for agreeing to speak with us today.

JUDGE JEAN BOYD:  My pleasure. I look forward to every opportunity to get the word out about the evils of Obamacare and how wrong it is, morally and economically, to give anything to poor people because all it will do is encourage them to be poor.

POE:  We aren’t going to talk about Obamacare today, Judge.

BOYD:  For heavens sake, why not? Other than the liberal conspiracy to prevent crazy people from exercising their 2nd Amendment rights to buy automatic weapons, Obamacare is the most important issue our nation faces. When desperate poor people no longer worry about being able to afford to get sick, then they are less likely to tolerate slave wages and poor working conditions.  That will mean higher wages, higher prices and the end of our Christian nation as we know it.

the ideal employee

POE:  Although that is undoubtedly true, we are here today to talk about your decision to sentence Ethan Couch to probation after killing four people because he was suffering from “affluenza.”

BOYD: Yes. I did that based on the testimony of an expert.

POE:  You mean Dr. Gary Miller, a psychologist the Couch family hired,  who testified that Couch was the victim of his parents wealth and overindulgence, and that his family felt that money would solve any problem?

Dr. Gary Miller

Dr. Gary Miller

BOYD:  That’s the one. Did I mention that he is an expert?  That poor boy needs rehabilitation, not incarceration.

POE: And when you say “rehabilitation” you are referring to the private Newport Beach rehabilitation facility in Souther California which costs $450,000 a year that Couch’s extremely wealthy father said he would pay for?


BOYD:  Absolutely.  That was parts  of my judgment.  It is important to send someone suffering from an illness to a place where they are comfortable around people who are familiar.

POE:  And, in this case, Couch needs a luxurious environment by the beach surrounded by rich people?

rich kids suffering from affluenza

BOYD:  I’m glad you understand.  Are you wealthy?

POE:  No.

BOYD: Do you have any other questions?

POE:  Yes. Is it your opinion that being wealthy is a defense against manslaughter?

BOYD:  Not wealth itself.  But the affects of being wealthy can lead to an illness known as “affluenza” and it is that mental disability that makes the wealthy individual not responsible for his or her actions. How can wealthy, white people be held responsible for anything  when they suffer from affluenza?

POE:  So Affluenza is a disease caused by extreme wealth that is a mitigating factor – an excuse – justifying probation instead of jail or prison.

BOYD:  Exactly.

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POE:  Why isn’t extreme poverty a disease that justifies probation instead of incarceration?


BOYD: Poverty is not a disease. It is a punishment from God for being lazy and shiftless. Wealthy people, such as myself, are provided with wealth and privilege by God as a reward for hard work.  If poor people were willing to work hard, they would be wealthy, too.

POE:  So affluenza is the result of a gift from God.

BOYD:  Yes!  Good point!  I suspect that, maybe, affluenza is part of God’s plan, which is another reason to go soft on wealthy people who commit crimes.

POE:  You sentenced Ethan Couch to spend time in an exclusive spa –

BOYD:  An expensive rehabilitation facility and spa.


An actual photo from the Newport Academy.



An actual photo from the Newport Academy.

POE:  Ethan Couch’s disease is arrogance encouraged by wealth and privilege.

BOYD:  Yes. Exactly.



POE:  Why isn’t there a counterpart for anger encouraged by poverty and disadvantage?

the broken wall, the burning roof and tower copy

BOYD:  That makes no sense.

POE:  Let me give you an example.  About a year ago you sentenced a 14 year old African-American boy to 10 years in prison for accidentally killing a man.

BOYD:  I sure did.  That little monster punched that man, who fell and hit his head on the pavement and eventually died. That black boy killed a person.

POE:  Ethan Couch had a history of drug and alcohol use and drunk driving. He stole two cases of beer, got drunk, went driving and killed four people,  injuring ten others – some catastrophically.  Sixteen year old Sergio Molina survived the accident but is now paralyzed for the rest of his life.

BOYD:  Yes, but Ethan Couch suffers from a disease.

POE:  Why wasn’t that 14 year old black boy suffering from DCS?


POE:  Disadvantaged Citizen Syndrome.

BOYD:  You really aren’t listening.  Ethan Couch’s wealth and privilege caused him to have the emotional and intellectual capacity of a twelve year old boy.  It would be wrong to punish him with something so extreme as time in prison.

POE:  The State of Texas has no problem executing retarded black men with a mental age of 12 or even younger.

BOYD:  I am offended by the term “retarded.”

POE: Really?  That offends you?  Letting a rich kid get away with killing four people because he is rich and emotionally immature while executing mentally challenged black men who’s only difference from the rich white kid is that they are poor and black – that doesn’t offend you?

BOYD:  That hasn’t happened. You liberals are always making things up. Name one time that has happened.

POE:  Mavin Wilson.  A 54 year old black guy with with IQ of 61. Executed in Texas on August 7, 2012.

BOYD:  He wasn’t retarded.

POE:  Texas law states that an IQ of 70 or less qualifies as retarded.

BOYD: You’re missing the point here. Ethan Couch’s  family raised him to believe that his wealth and race bought privilege.

POE:  Looks like they were right.

BOYD:   That poor child was raised in an environment with no  link between his behavior and consequences.

POE:  So sending him to an expensive, luxury rehab center on the beach in Southern California thousands of miles away from his parents will teach him how not to feel privileged because he is white and wealthy?  Your defense for his bad acts is that he was ignored and had money thrown at him, but you’re sending him away and spending a lot of money on him. How is this going to rehabilitate him? How will that cure him of the parental neglect and over privilege that you say caused him to get drunk and kill four people?   Is ten years of probation “better” than any amount of prison time?  Do you think it will be effective in altering his behavior?  Isn’t your judgment in his favor just more proof that the American justice system is designed by politicians paid by the rich to protect the rich at the expense of everyone else?


JUDGE BOYD:  This interview is over.

POE:  Oh no it isn’t.  It has just begun.  What you did wasn’t justice. It was an anthem to the power of privilege.  You have proven that American justice isn’t fair and isn’t equal. You’ve shown that justice in America is for sale at a price that only the wealthy can afford.   You will never get a good night’s sleep again.  What you did has outraged republicans and democrats, liberals and conservatives alike.  We are united in our condemnation of your abominable decision to let this kid go with a slap on the wrist and a sentence sending him to a luxury resort paid for by his rich father.  We will not let you forget or pretend you behaved in any way as a judge is expected to behave.

The American people know the game is rigged in favor of rich people.  We know the rich post bail and the poor go to jail.  And we tolerate a certain measure of that kind of corruption. But what you did went too far.  You opened up the sore and showed the rot infesting the body politic. Your career as a judge is over.  You just don’t know it yet.





UPDATE:  Judge Boyd is now expected to retire, but a petition is circulating demanding that Texas Governor Perry remove Judge Boyd from the bench immediately.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2524108/Judge-let-spoiled-rich-teen-killed-DUI-previously-boy-aged-fourteen-prison-TEN-YEARS.html#ixzz2nZTRuP17


27 Responses to “EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH Judge Jean Boyd”

  1. Excellent Paul, except for the “good night’s sleep” part. I fear she will sleep the blissful sleep of the truly self-righteous. I’ve heard that’s the greatest thing about being the type of Christian who knows that God’s will exactly coincides with your own.


  2. You’re probably right. But God tells me that Judge Boyd is going to suffer extreme terrors of conscience. She will be shunned. Waitresses will refuse to server her. Pharmacists will refuse to fill her medical prescriptions. Passersby will shout at her. Eventually she will no longer see herself as a victim, but as a perpetrator.


  3. Judge Boyd choosing twice to refer to this affluent killer as a “poor child” shows how completely insensitive and out of touch with reality she is.


  4. sfmurphy1971 Says:

    Damn it, that is my problem. I’m not rich.

    I should have known it!

    On the Outer Marches


  5. Murph: How could you have known it? If you aren’t rich, you are by definition not that smart.

    Bette: The interview is entirely fabricated (“frankly fictitious”). But the sentiments my imaginary Judge Boyd expresses are reasonable extrapolations from her abominable decision and judgment.


  6. I was enjoying reading this very amusing tale of your until I realised that it was based on a true story. On reading the website lowering the bar’s take on it


    I discovered “his parents suggested a facility in Newport Beach, which offers “equine therapy”)… What the hell is equire therapy, because anything involving health that involves a horse (horse tranquilizes, using horse, ponyplay) is inherently alarming.

    My favourite comment of yours ‘being wealthy is a defense against manslaughter” would have thought that was a truism in America.

    And that final image is brilliant.


  7. I obtained that last image from http://www.grumpyoldmen.com.


  8. Might be funny or relevant if this was the mindset of even a few Republicans. It is not. The judge made an asinine decision and should be thrown off the bench. But the way you attack the average white American for not wanting to be forced to fund free health care for the hundred and fifty million non-white immigrants and blacks is evil. You are an anti-white racist. ANy white American who thought this was funny needs to see the following:

    ‘Verbal Venom: Biological Parallels for Western Pathologies’
    You Tube video ‘How Whites Took Over America’


  9. Budd, I am forced to disagree with your comment. You say it isn’t a mind set among republicans. Not true. I’ve met them. I’ve heard them say exactly the words I used to describe their twisted sense of morality when it comes to abandoning their Christian duty to the poor.

    In all fairness, it isn’t just a republican thing. I’ve heard all kinds of people say these things, even people who identify as democrats.

    And I am not attaching the average white American. Although race often factors in when the issue of privilege comes up, this is a class issue, not a race issue. Rich v. Poor. Those who have v. those who have nothing.

    Finally, I am not saying that those who don’t want to provide benefits to illegals are evil. I am saying that those who think Jesus would approve of their position are evil.


  10. Paul…bravo!

    What an excellent piece.


  11. juan carlos Says:

    Nunca he leído un nuevo informe de la totalidad pero esto es intensa.


  12. I said elsewhere today: drugs don’t kill people, tories kill people.


  13. Judge Jean Boyd paid off by Couch family. Nathan Couch killed four people while drunk. Bean gave no jail time to Nathan only probation. When dead God will send Boyd & Couch to hell. Hope Couch family is sued for every thing they have.


  14. and the sentence handed down today

    “CNN reports that Couch today was sentenced to 10 years’ probation and to spend time in a $450,000 lock-down residential treatment facility paid for by his parents, but no prison time”


    my favourite bit “Couch, who basically sounds like a real-life version of King Joffrey in Game of Thrones, never apologized for his actions because he is emotionally stunted at the moment, his lawyer told CNN. Obviously he wasn’t stunted after the crash, because that’s when he told his passenger “I’m Ethan Couch. I’ll get you out of this.”


  15. Dave Ryan Says:

    I thought this was a serious interview and not a parody, until I got 2 or three questions into it.

    Parts of it are funny, but then you went off the deep end and just went into blanket stereotyping of all whites as racist, and somehow swept blanket stereotyping of Christians into the mix. Despite that neither Judge Jean Boyd , the 16 year-old defendant, or Dr. Gary Miller’s psychobabble “affluenza” defense expressed any Christian beliefs. It seemed to me that was tossed in just to blanket-smear another political group you don’t like.

    And I doubt there’s a Republican in America who thinks this judge’s ruling for this spoiled kid is representative of their conservative-Republican values.
    Your transcript of the Judge is distorted by an acute case of Apoplectic-Liberaluenza!


  16. Dave Ryan Says:

    Paul Boylan (in comment above) said:
    “Finally, I am not saying that those who don’t want to provide benefits to illegals are evil. I am saying that those who think Jesus would approve of their position are evil.”

    In the Bible, God had the Jews wipe out a decadent Canaanite civilization (a culture that for hundreds of years practiced the occult, human sacrifice, and the drinking of human blood, among other things) and build Israel in its place.
    And God the Father, if not Jesus directly, certainly authorized defending Israel from invaders, protecting its borders and religious/cultural integrity.
    You put words in Jesus’ mouth to assert that those who oppose illegal immigration are “evil”. To allege that Christians (or even “most” or “many” Christians) have an aversion to helping non-whites or the poor is a slander. I recently had a client who has been a missionary in Haiti helping the poor for 30 years. Christians, both Protestant and Catholic, help people worldwide, even those who aren’t (and probably never will be) Christians. Or white!

    Read Pat Buchanan’s book STATE OF EMERGENCY (2006) for a wealth of unreported facts about the immigration crisis.
    For openers, the United States admits OVER a million legal green-card holding immigrants per year. More legal immigrants than pretty much the rest of the world’s nations combined. There is no reason we should tolerate illegals, when we admit such a generous number legally.
    In addition, we send billions in foreign aid to nations, to help people in their own countries. We don’t need to admit illegals to help them, and it is not “evil” to oppose violation of our laws by illegals.

    Operation Blessing (the 700 club), among other Christian missionary groups, sends disaster relief to places like Indonesia, Pakistan, and even Iran. I feel good about that, that even people who clearly hate Christians and the broader West, we as a nation, if not as Christians, still unconditionally help.

    I recall a story on PBS News Hour about the Pakistan earthquake about 5 years ago, where relief organizations sent doctors treating the injured, and were rushing to build new homes and shelters before the cold weather set in and hundreds of thousands displaced could freeze to death.
    A reporter commented that this is unwittingly the best outreach to nations that have been conditioned to hate us. That when a Muslim father looks into the eyes of his daughter whose life was saved by American doctors and relief workers, he tends to remember even 30 years later who saved her.


  17. paulboylan Says:

    First of all, I am delighted to be able to chat with you. You are clearly intelligent, knowledgeable, and you have a sense of humor – three qualities that rarely exist in combination.

    But you are also clearly a Protestant Christian. I know that by your references to the authority and guidance of the Old Testament. I am baptized into the Orthodox Church (Greek), a much older version of Christianity, perhaps the oldest.

    That doesn’t make me better or special, but it provides a slightly different perspective and opinion on Jesus’ message. Protestant Christianity is a younger faith and viewpoint, which – like the young faith of Islam – tend to be a bit more dogmatic, especially when it comes to the concept of the Word of God as expressed in “scripture.”

    Orthodox Christians honor the Old Testament. I’ve read it many times. Genesis is my favorite Book of Moses. But I do not recognize it as authority or a sign of divine instruction and mandate. I don’t even see it as expressing examples I can use to model my life. It is an ancient series of stories passed verbally down through the ages by an illiterate, primitive people trying their best to survive and to understand God’s voice.

    But Jesus gave us the Good News, and the good news is that none of what happened previously mattered any more. None of the old rules applied. The Good News was and is a New Start. An eye for an eye? No. Turn the other cheek. A vengeful, frightening God? No. God loves us. A death to fear? No. Everlasting life.

    When Jesus came, everything changed, including adherence to the ten thousand commandments detailed in Leviticus and Deuteronomy.

    Jesus rejected – sometimes forcefully – the religious laws and rules of his fathers and mothers. The new rules were simple. Love is better than hate. Forgive those who offend or wrong you. Help the poor, because when you help the poor and unfortunate, you minister to Jesus himself.

    That’s all that matters. The rest is window dressing.

    Don’t get me wrong: my faith has a lot of window dressing. The word “byzantine” is defined the way it is for a reason. Just attend a Greek Orthodox Sunday service and you’ll see what I mean. But these are traditions only – a preferred way of worship that evolved over two thousand years. And, as traditions, they are fine, confronting and provide a cultural center that is priceless.

    But if traditions stray from the central message of Christianity, then those who follow those traditions are no longer Christians, no matter what they call themselves.

    Those are the ones I make fun of. When I hear people who describe themselves as Christian arguing that Christ would have been a gun owner and would have approved of killing in self defense, when I hear supposed Christians proclaiming that “Jesus hates fags,” when I hear supposed Christians stating that poor people are poor because they are lazy, and it wrong to try to help them because it will only encourage laziness, I point out that these views, even though they are legitimate and possibly true, are contrary to Christ’s message.

    So your examples from Genesis ( God had the Jews wipe out a decadent Canaanite civilization) to support your viewpoint does not resonate with me whatsoever. Although it is true that it isn’t evil to desire to limit immigration and foreign aide, it is a political viewpoint, not a Christian one.

    I understand that you might believe that any view that isn’t a Christian one is an evil one. I do not. That would be judging someone who is different from me, and Christ, by example, told us not to do that. He did that over and over again by accepting the company of outcasts and by violating political and social separations.

    As I said, I consider myself a Christian – but, perhaps, not the kind of Christian you are familiar with. My faith does not require me to believe that the story of Noah and the Ark is true and does not require me to reject science, including evolution. My faith does not require me to believe that the Book of Revelations is prophecy, rather than allegory written by one or more men hundreds of years after Christ died. My faith welcomes doubt and questions because faith isn’t supposed to be easy. My faith asks that I not judge anyone, including homosexuals – and suggests that only God can do that at an appointed moment that is personal to God and the individual.

    Does that make me liberal? I don’t think so. But then, it depends on how you define liberal – just as it depends on how you define what it means to be Christian.


  18. She looks even more like an ass in December 2015..now they say Ethan and his mom probably have skipped the country..Judge Boyd can eat 1000 cock sandwiches..she should go to prison


  19. Please note that I was right: Judge Watson “retired” shortly after her abominably horrible ruling that agreed with that kid’s “affulenza” defense.

    When they catch this spoiled rich kid and his spoiled rich mom they will put both of them in prison.


  20. Austin, Texas Says:

    I read your “interview” with Judge Boyd as a result of a google search of Judge Boyd. I was doing that because I am an advocate for juveniles sent to adult prisons.
    The “views” expressed by Boyd fit perfectly with a case she decided on 9-12-97. On that date she sentenced John Henry Glasco to life in prison for two aggravated robberies with a deadly weapon. John was 16 at the time, just like Ethan. But he was black and poor. No one died but a victim he was robbing at an ATM tried to take away his gun and it went off accidently and she was shot in the leg.
    John will be eligible for parole in 2025 and believes his sentence was out of proportion to his crime.
    There is no doubt that justice is for sale in America, and the cost to all of us, and especially the poor, is astronomical.


  21. Thank you for your comment. Every now and then I re-read the “interview” to remind myself of the extent to which our criminal justice system is broken.

    I learned about Henry Glasco when I researched former Judge Boyd’s background. I agree that it places her Ethan Couch decision in sharp relief, illustrating so very clearly that justice is for sale, and if you are rich you can literally get away with murder, but if you are poor you are shit out of luck.


  22. George Webster Says:

    How does such ignorance qualify one for a judgeship? She might have resigned but I’m quite certain she did will not live impoverished due to this kid’s family money. I can say one thing for certain – there is a payday at the end of life’s road and her life will never be the same. There truly is a God of justice and He isn’t the one she claims to serve. She is her own narcissistic god. Money can buy anything – even a judge.


  23. marc Santon Says:

    This judgement should call into question every other decision she made on the bench! The only reason she retired is that she knew this was a bogus judgement and she didn’t want to deal with the fall out. I wonder how many other decisions were made under the suspicion of payoffs?


  24. Theresa Charles Says:

    What actions if any are being taken for the 14 years old African American young male child that was sentenced to 10 years by Judge Boyd


  25. Marc and Theresa:

    It has thrown every other decision she has made into question. But the only thing that will repair the damage any bad judge has caused is the same thing that caused this bad judge to suddenly retire: widespread and vocal outrage.

    All decisions made in America are political. Those in power never make a change for the sake of better justice without being afraid that they’ve gone too far. There is no meaningful change in our country that isn’t preceded by the threat of a peasant rebellion.

    If we want to repair the injustice Boyd inflicted on that boy by sentencing him to 10 years for accidentally causing the death of one person then we need to put ten thousand angry people on the streets demanding the change.


  26. I am confused by your use of the label “RICH”. Over the years I have come to realize that having money or property is a poor measure of real Wealth and Richness Try buying back a lost love one.


  27. Deborah Lynne Connor Says:

    Jean Hudson Boyd was also terminating parental rights without due process and refusing to implement kinship care. As a grandmother I petitioned to get my grandchildren in her 323rd District Court. The woman allowed my ICPC background check done by the FBI and prepared by a liscened clinical social worker to be falsely reported by a CASA volunteer. She allowed five favorable psychological evaluations to be falsely reported. She failed to allow her court clerk, Sherry Brown to file the reports. She then adopted my grandchildren out to Ron and Carole Blackmon, of Lake Dallas, Texas. Carole Blackmon was involved in CASA of both Denton and Tarrant counties. This adoption is patently illegal. Boyd was terminating parental rights and refusing kinship care because the federal funding only comes when the children are placed outside the biological family bloodline. Then, Boyd sat on all the adoption boards getting her sticky fingers on all the Title XIX adoption funding. This funding was mandated through Hillary Clinton’s Adoption and Safe Families Act. CALL ME IF YOU HAVE BEEN VICTIMIZED BY BOYD DEBORAH LYNNE CONNOR 801-654-3140


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