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Being rich is now a get-out-of-jail-free card

This article describes how wealth can be a means of escaping punishment in the American criminal justice system, paralleling the Catholic Church's practice of indulgences.

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Being born rich is a big advantage in life, and always was. Money buys private tuition, access to power and people, spacious homes, opportunities to travel, fine food, and time to do what you like. And yesterday in Texas, being rich also got Ethan Couch out of jail.

Couch, a wealthy 16-year-old who killed four people and paralyzed another by crashing into them while intoxicated, has escaped jail after a psychologist claimed he was suffering from affluenza — that his wealth had made him disassociate actions from consequences. Read more...