Have money, avoid prison – and responsibility.

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(9) dale331, January 4, 2014 6:12 PM

liberal jews

I didn't realize so many Jews on this site would be so liberal in their thinking. I've only read the first 5 comments but that is enough. Here is an idea. How about we just close up all the prisons because all people, even those so-called terrorists, are only products of their circumstances.

Alan S., January 5, 2014 1:05 PM

You obviously did not read the first 5 comments...

Dale please come back to reality. What you wrote makes little sense in the context you mentioned. The outrage shown by my comment, the first comment listed below, is obvious. Where is there a "liberal" comment? I am straight-down the road, neither liberal nor conservative. (For voting purposes, I am actually a registered independent.) Except for comment #5, none of these comments are "liberal" in their thinking. If you want to something, then please be accurate.
Still, my comment is clearly the opposite of

(8) Joshua, January 2, 2014 4:20 PM


So what would justice be in this case? Forget that he needs to live with himself. He will never escape his own actions nor will ever be able to live another day without knowing that by his actions four people are now dead, and others hurt. I think G-d is quick to enact justice because he deals with the heart while men deal with man's strength. Take his life from him, place him behind bars, if that is the case for a teenager who is intoxicated then what of those who willing and knowingly commit crimes? You say he knows the difference, he knows the law. So does anyone who knows it. So then, do you knowingly break the law? I am more than positive this world encourages the kind of behavior which led to the accident. It is a sway that all the earth feels, which encourages drunkeness and debauchery, idolatry, immorality and rebellion. Does this justify sinfulness? No. Yet, if the fruit is bad then make the tree bad. If it's good make it good.

Alan S., January 3, 2014 11:20 AM

I don't think so...

I am not sure of the premise espoused here. A careful reading makes a premise - if one could be found -- difficult to understand.
Yes, if the tree is bad, so is its fruit. Lop the tree down besides discarding the fruit.
No, the world does not 'encourage' this kind of behavior which led to the accident. The parents and the schools -- from kindergarten forward, should have taught basic values that clearly were not taught.

(7) Anonymous, January 1, 2014 11:05 PM


I do not believe that this case has ended with the judge's verdict. The families of the dead people, I would imagine will sue the family, or bring the parents up on charges. In addition to that, young Ethan will definitely get his, one way or the other, and will also learn at some point, that actions do have consequences. There was a time when drunk drivers who killed also got a slap on the wrist, but that has changed, and while this might be an isolated incident, I hope that those involved will not let it go. The judge should have a psychological work-up to test for insanity.

(6) Simcha, January 1, 2014 10:43 PM

Pay the Consequences!!!

Rabbi Salomon is absolutely right!!! He should be tried as an adult and pay the consequences for the crime. He is old enough to know right from wrong.The criminal lawyers should pay the consequences as well for their evilness in defending the criminal and the judges should pay the consequences for their stupidity in capitulating to the lawyers.

(5) Austin Kuder, January 1, 2014 10:14 PM

The subject was a minor. He should have been confined until he was age 21 along with treatment and large fine (because he was affluent). You seem to want an eye-for-an-eye for a juvenile offense.

(4) mandy, January 1, 2014 6:07 PM


So if his parents didn't teach him that there are consequences for his actions, then they should be held responsible and they should be taken to court and have to serve time. Justice, justice this we shall persue

(3) Joseph Toubes, December 29, 2013 4:41 PM

and then we have the Ford Santa Commercial

There is a commerical that has these kids asking Santa for Ford cars and trucks that is annoying. One in particular hits right at this moment. "Is that a problem?" asks one kid when Santa asks if he means a real truck. Then Santa asks if he has been good and the kid responds"How do you define 'good'. " The folks at Ford may think this is cute, however it displays to me the concept that kids of privilege want things that normal kids can't have. It would have been better for one child to have asked for something like to have their parents home for the holiday, or things more heartwarming.

(2) ross, December 29, 2013 2:24 PM

Someone with affluenza needs a shot of responsacillin!

It's the atmoshpere of America today. A mass murderer is also a victim since since he was bullied, deprived, or taken advantage of. It's always our fault...we should've done more. The real victims had everything...they shouldn't have been so selfish.
This is the 'morality' in our country. And woe to those mean, misguided souls who disagree!
(Sigh) It's time to go home.

(1) Alan S., December 29, 2013 9:33 AM

The outrage you display Rabbi is well deserved. However, I say, forget the defense team. They did what they were paid to do. It's the judge that needs to lose his/her job, for obvious dereliction of duty or practice -- or even fraud. However, don't think for one minute that the parents of this boy will escape their legal requirements of neglect in raising their child. We must hope that some lawyer in some courtroom, brings a measure of justice to this case by taking the parents to court and at least allowing the parents to plead to the parental neglect which the defense team so obviously established. Where are the Jack McCoys and Perry Masons of the legal world looking to 'unblind' justice?

E. Dian Cantrell, January 2, 2014 2:01 AM

Well said

The judge needs to be fired. And YES the defense attorneys set up a great case for parental neglect resulting in the deaths of four of our fellow humans. Let them pay the price of their neglect.


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