I actually revisited the forums a few days ago to see if there was a topic on this and assumed there already was one ==> the typical flame wars ==> locked. So I left the issue alone.
This is outrageous. The idea that disproportionately wealthy people (especially kids) can develop an involuntary lack of compassion and moral awareness is a legitimate concern. However, if there are legal protections for those so rich they can't tell right from wrong, then where is the protection for those so poor that they don't even have a choice between right and wrong? Years in jail for getting caught with pounds of a controlled substance that has never killed anyone so the defendant can feed their family vs months in a resort for killing 4 people while drunk on stolen alcohol with prior alcohol charges. No justice.
The same judge sentenced a black teenager to ten years for making someone lose their balance and fall to an accidental death after a punch to the face in a fight.