An Open Letter to Greg Abbott, Joe Shannon and Judge Jean Boyd in Reference to the Decriminalization of Manslaughter In the case of Ethan Couch

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(I emailed the following letter last night to the named recipients:)

Dear Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott; Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney, Joe Shannon; and Judge Jean Boyd:

Like the rest of the world, I am astounded at the sentence of Ethan Couch.

Rather than state the obvious, can we talk a little logic here?

Judge Boyd, although you stated Ethan Couch was indeed responsible for his actions, your acceptance of the psychiatrist’s sentence recommendations imply the contrary. Let’s face it, it sounds like the defendant’s parents did a horrible job raising him and scarred him emotionally by their overindulgence and lack of parenting. The Court has determined by its sentence that Ethan Couch did not need punishment, rather he needed treatment as a result of the parenting or lack thereof he received. Following that train of thought, the deaths of Brian Jennings, Breanna Mitchell, Shelby Boyles and Hollie Boyles were not Ethan’s fault really, they were his parents’ fault.

Stick with me here.

if the vehicular manslaughter was Ethan’s parents’ fault, CHARGE THEM with four counts of vehicular manslaughter!

While we’re at it, friends, can we add in charges of child abuse?

Mr. Abbott, as the respected Attorney General for the State of Texas, may I direct you to your own website at, which states, “According to Chapter 261 of the Family Code (recodified in 1995), child abuse is an act or omission that endangers or impairs a child’s physical, mental or emotional health and development. Child abuse may take the form of physical or emotional injury, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, physical neglect, medical neglect, or inadequate supervision.” See, I’m thinking you wouldn’t even have to provide much new testimony to convict the Couches of child abuse. I think all you will need is in the reports of the psychiatrists at Ethan Couch’s trial.

Judge Boyd, you are in an incredibly powerful position here. As I understand it, you have the authority to revoke the defendant’s probation and send him to jail/prison the very moment he commits the slightest violation of his probation.

Can anyone tell me what the terms of Ethan Couch’s probation are?

Also, Judge Boyd, answer me this: Your job is going to be to keep an eye on the Defendant’s adherence to the terms of his probation. Whose job is it to keep an eye on you, to make sure that you act swiftly and appropriately when Ethan Couch violates the terms of his probation?

And, Judge Boyd, could you answer just one last teensy question? When I hit the website, a well known website directory for state-, county- and city-elected officials, I clicked on the “contact via email” link under your name and the email address popped up. S. Brown? Please, please tell me there’s no relation to Ethan Couch’s attorney. Please, please tell me it’s Suzy Brown or Stephen Brown or Stacy Brown, just anything other than Scott Brown, Ethan Couch’s attorney. Please tell me you have never, ever, ever worked closer to Scott Brown than you are working right now.

Thank you for your consideration, and I hope the questions I have asked will be answered very soon.

Alyson ——— (last name omitted for posting)


7 thoughts on “An Open Letter to Greg Abbott, Joe Shannon and Judge Jean Boyd in Reference to the Decriminalization of Manslaughter In the case of Ethan Couch”

    1. Yes, Jeannie; I totally agree with you. First his parents neglect to give him appropriate consequences and teach him money trumps accountability; then the judge seconds the motion. 😮

      This story is just such a great argument for the necessity of child training. The word “training” is offensive to so many people when it comes to children. But at least an attorney, a psychiatrist and a judge in Ethan Couch’s case have pointed out that child “training” is necessary for normal child development and the lack thereof creates a serious issue for that child and the society he lives in.

      He will get his “training” in a treatment center and will live the rest of his life knowing he killed 4 people. Perhaps it would have been better for everyone if his parents would have dared to “train” him as a toddler.

      Thanks for chiming in.


  1. Lifetime of Community Service?
    Permanently cancel his drivers license?
    4 lifetimes length probation?
    A day and a night in jail?
    Lifetime of AA meetings?
    Parents held responsible?

    Do you honestly think that this boy has learned Anything?
    How do you propose to teach him? Who is going to follow up?
    What will punishment be if ( when) he violates probation , perhaps in a month from now?

    What in the world were you thinking, Judge Boyd?
    So many lives destroyed.
    Is this the legacy you leave if you do retire?

    I’m sure this killer of people will have no sleepless nights.
    Will you? I’m not challenging you, I’m asking.

    1. Nicely put, Bonnie. The thought has occurred to me that if this case is being treated as a juvenile case, when Ethan turns 18, his file will be sealed. That means when he finishes up his probation and commits another crime, there will be no trace of his history of killing four people. For all intents and purposes as far as the law is concerned, when he kills his next victim, it will be his first. Clean slate.

      I hope I have that wrong, but I don’t think so.

  2. Ethan Couch and his parents should be ‘under the jail’ for the rest of their lives. He is a minor, so parents should go down too. And the judge should be charged and disbarred and go to jail. It doesn’t take a genius to KNOW what this is all about ( money).

    1. Yup. The judge is saying it is in Ethan’s best interests to go to a posh treatment center. Since Daddy can pay for it, he gets to go.

      What happens when an underprivileged kid does the same crime. Since his daddy can’t pay for it, it’s not going to matter whether it’s in the kid’s best interests or not.

      Money can buy education, cars, clothes and jewelry. In a civilized society, it should NOT be buying sentences for criminals. Ethan kills 4 and gets “treatment.” A typical teen kills 4 and gets punished.

      I know I am preaching to the choir here, but your comment is right on.


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